Bell Road/Grand Avenue Update
BELL ROAD CLOSURE IS 8 DAYS AWAY! To accommodate APS utility work, Bell Road will have a single-lane closure in each direction around Grand Avenue on Thursday, March 31 and Friday, April 1, from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. This is after the conclusion of Spring Training and during non-peak commute hours. Grand Avenue at Bell Road will be restricted to one lane in each direction on March 31 from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. for median removal work, weather permitting.
Beginning at 10 pm on April 1, Bell Road will be closed. This will begin Phase 3A of the project. Please see Illustration below as well as the detour map.
I encourage you to shop the businesses along the Bell Road/Grand Avenue corridor, read my newsletter for updates and monitor the updates on the project website at www.azdot.gov/bellandgrand. In addition, ADOT established a hotline for the project which you can utilize, 1.855.712.8530, press option #1. Please note that ADOT releases their weekly updates on Friday afternoons.
Events & Meetings
Valley Metro RPTA Meeting
I attended the Valley Metro RPTA Board of Directors meeting on Thursday, March 17. Valley Metro opened the Northwest Light Rail Extension on March 19. The project came in ahead of schedule and on budget thanks to the effective partnership of Valley Metro, the city of Phoenix and the construction contractor. The $327 million project broke ground on January 12, 2013. The Northwest Extension includes 3 stations – Dunlap, Northern, Glendale, with a Park and Ride at the southwest corner 19th Avenue and Dunlap. Approximately 7 miles of track were installed.
Board members discussed the proposed refunding of the 2009A tax exempt bond that would provide Valley Metro with an estimated savings of $1.3 million. Recent changes in market conditions have created an opportunity to reduce debt service.
Conversation also took place regarding the Chief Executive Officer recruitment. An electronic survey was created and sent to Valley Metro board members and staff last month. The data and summary of the survey were shared at the March 17 meeting.
The 2015 Origins and Destinations Study was conducted last spring and results of the study were shared. The survey gathered updated passenger travel data from transit users in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The study encompassed all rail and bus fixed route services. The goal was to obtain 15,600 surveys from passengers; however, 21,800 surveys were received (12,450 bus and 9,350 rail passengers). Travel demographics can be found in the profile below:
I also serve on the Valley Metro Budget & Finance Committee. Valley Metro will be adding a member from Valley Metro Rail Board to sit on the Committee to adequately represent both bus and rail boards.
Cal Ripken Day
Surprise City Council was honored to greet the players in the city’s Cal Ripken League during Cal Ripken Day at Surprise Stadium last Saturday. This year, there were more than 2,100 registrations! Many thanks to our team in Community & Recreation Services (CRS) for their continued hard work and dedication to this program and all the programs that our city offers to residents! We couldn’t do it without you!
Tour of Grandview Terrace
Bhakti Gosalia, Executive Director of Sun Health Senior Living, gave me a tour of Grandview Terrace on Monday, March 21. Grandview Terrace is a LifeCare community which is part of Sun Health. Sun Health, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in Surprise, owns and operates three out of the 14 Life Care communities in Arizona. Sun Health was recognized for their accomplishments during the Legacy Award for Business Excellence late last month. For additional information on Sun Health, please visit www.sunhealth.org.
Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce Lunch at the Ballpark
Councilman Jim Biundo and I attended the Chamber lunch at the Ballpark on Tuesday, March 22. Representatives from the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers spoke. Raoul Sada, President and CEO of the Chamber, distributed the 2016 Surprise Official Visitors Guide Book. Impressive collateral for our tourists! I encourage you to stop by the Chamber and get a copy for out of town guests!
Economic Development Hosts Brokers at the Ballpark
Economic Development staff, Mayor Wolcott, Councilman Todd Tande and I took part in an opportunity to host brokers and developers at a spring training game on Wednesday, March 23.
Economic Development VIP Event
The city’s Economic Development team hosted an event for City partners, stakeholders and businesses at the Surprise Stadium on Thursday, March 24. Over 180 people attended. This event provided City Council and staff an opportunity to network and thank these groups of dedicated people who work diligently to continue to make Surprise successful!
Mark Your Calendars
Surprise Super Swap Meet
The city’s popular community-wide garage sale, Surprise Super Swap Meet, is scheduled for Saturday, April 16 from 8 am until 1 pm at the Surprise Aquatic Center Parking lot located at 15831 N. Bullard Avenue. Parking and admission are free. Vendor spaces are available to rent. For more information or to receive an application for space, please call 623.222.1500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did You Know?
COX Transitioning to Digital Television Service
Between May and September of this year, Cox will convert to an entirely digital platform. When this occurs, only customers with televisions that are directly connected to the cable wall out let will stop receiving Cox’s cable signal. Customers with televisions that currently use a Cox cable box will not be affected by this change. For more information, please contact Cox at 866.961.0416 or you can visit www.cox.com/GoAllDigital.