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Riggs Road to be extended from Ellsworth to Meridian

“This is an important partnership for the future of our community,” stated Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney. “We are currently limited on the infrastructure improvements available due to the limited roadways in the southeast area of the community.”

Home to two of the Town’s largest tourism attractions, the Queen Creek Olive Mill and Schnepf Farms, the southeast portion of Town is accessed by Rittenhouse Road. In addition to the traffic visiting the agritourism businesses, Rittenhouse Road is often overwhelmed by pass through traffic from San Tan Valley. Rittenhouse Road cannot be improved until the bridge at Queen Creek Wash, just north of Cloud Road, is expanded to four lanes. Improving the bridge requires a complete closure of Rittenhouse Road, forcing motorists to use alternate route, which does not currently exist. In addition to providing additional connectivity to the Town of Gilbert, the Riggs Road expansion will serve as the alternate route, allowing improvements to take place on the bridge, and Rittenhouse Road.

“Rittenhouse Road is experiencing 22,000 cars on average per day, and must be expanded to accommodate future growth. The Riggs Road expansion will allow a vital roadway improvement project to take place, something that could not occur otherwise,” stated Public Works Director Troy White. “This is a huge development for our current and future residents, and for the East Valley. Riggs Road is considered a road of regional significance, as it connects the East Valley to Interstate 10.”

The Riggs Road expansion will occur in two phases, with MCDOT leading the first phase from Ellsworth Road to Crismon Road. The Town will lead the second phase, from Crismon to Meridian. The total cost of the project is $20 million; MCDOT and the Town are sharing the cost, each contributing $10 million. The roadway is currently in design, and is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2016. Construction is scheduled to begin in mid to late 2017, once utilities have been relocated.The roadway will be expanded to six lanes as development occurs in the area, paying for the expansion.

In preparation for the expansion, MCDOT is working with the towns of Gilbert and of Queen Creek to improve Riggs Road from Recker to Ellsworth roads. The improvement project will also be completed in phases, with the first phase, Hawes to Ellsworth currently under construction.

The Queen Creek Town Council is committed to roadway improvements throughout the community, investing over 35 million in the Capital Improvement Program (CIP). Adequate roadways and infrastructure are core components of a successful community, and are imperative for the future of Queen Creek.

Other current roadway projects include:

  • Ellsworth Road - Ryan Road to Germann Road: Half-street improvements on the west side of Ellsworth Road including an additional southbound lane, a center turn lane, sidewalks, and landscaping. Construction is anticipated to be complete in July, barring any weather delays.
  • Ocotillo Road - Crismon Road to 218th Place: Half-street improvements on the south side of Ocotillo Road will include an additional eastbound lane, sidewalk and bike lanes which will significantly improve the flow of traffic near the Queen Creek High School. In order to install a sewer line, Ocotillo Road will be closed at Crismon from June 18 at 5 a.m. until June 20 at 5 a.m.
  • Ellsworth and Queen Creek intersection - The project will be completed in two phases. The first phase will include work along Old Ellsworth Road and Walnut Road, adding a cul-de-sac turnaround on Old Ellsworth Road, a new connector street and a landscape buffer separating Ellsworth Road and Ellsworth Loop. The second phase will realign the intersection of Ellsworth and Queen Creek roads to modify the compound curve. In order to remove existing pavement, install water and sewer lines, and install new pavement, curb and gutter, the north Ellsworth Road connection to Ellsworth Loop Road (near Queen Creek Middle School) will be closed June 10 for approximately six weeks.
  • Ocotillo Road: Ellsworth Loop to Heritage Loop - Improvements include expanding Ocotillo Road from two to four lanes with a center turn lane, curb, gutter, landscaping, bike lanes and sidewalks. The project also includes improvements to the intersection of Ocotillo and Ellsworth roads and a new traffic signal at Ocotillo and Heritage Loop roads. The project is expected to begin this month.
  • Crismon Road: Queen Creek Road to Germann Road. West half street improvements will provide a north/south alternative to Ellsworth road from Queen Creek Road to Germann Road. The project is currently in design and projected to begin construction in the spring of 2017.
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