Bell Road/Grand Avenue Update
BELL ROAD will be closed beginning 10 pm on April 1!
With the 6-8 month closure of Bell Road, from 134th Drive to West Point Parkway, beginning on Friday, April 1, at 10 p.m., I wanted to dedicate the majority of this issue to the overall project and the traffic restrictions. The Bell Road/Grand Avenue Interchange Project is using the design-build contracting method, which provides flexibility while the contractor’s designers work side-by-side with the construction team to deliver an improved connection between the two roadways.
The Arizona Department of Transportation contractors will build a Bell Road bridge over Grand Avenue and the railroad tracks. Median ramps in the center of Grand Avenue will connect the roadways. Utility relocation work in the area, mostly during overnight hours, is already underway.
The project is scheduled to be completed over the next 14 months (in spring 2017); however, Bell Road is scheduled to reopen in November in time for the holiday shopping season.
ADOT has issued the following project update, which includes upcoming traffic restrictions and a timeline of the Bell Road full closure activities:
Thursday, March 31
- Eastbound and westbound Grand Avenue median removal preparation will begin at 10:30 pm on Thursday, March 31 until 5 am on Friday, April 1. No left turns onto Bell Road from Grand Avenue.
Friday, April 1
- There will be eastbound and westbound left lane closures on Grand Avenue to remove traffic signals and medians from 10 pm to 5 am. No left turns from Grand Avenue to Bell Road, or right turns from eastbound Grand Avenue to Bell Road.
- Bell Road Closed by 10 pm between West Point Parkway and 134th Drive (detour in place).
Saturday, April 2
- Grand Avenue will be restricted to one lane in each direction for median paving and pavement lane line marking.
Sunday, April 3 at 10 pm to Monday, April 4 at 5 am
- Westbound Grand Avenue left lane closure.
- Eastbound Grand Avenue CLOSED from Litchfield Road to Dysart Road to remove pavement lane line markings and replace with new lane line markings.
Monday, April 4 and Tuesday, April 5
- Bell Road demolition from Grand Avenue to West Point Parkway.
- Grand Avenue will be open to two lanes in each direction.
- Eastbound Grand Avenue right lane closure to install construction barrier and remove existing traffic signals from 10 pm to 5 am.
**City, County, and State law enforcement will be patrolling the area during the Bell Road closure transition. Please obey all traffic signage and posted speed limits.**
** While the closure is in place, Bell Road traffic will be directed to a primary detour route along Dysart, Greenway and Litchfield roads.
*schedule subject to change based on design schedule, weather, or unforeseen conditions
For more information or if you have questions regarding the project, please stay informed! ADOT has a project hotline specific for this project, (855) 712-8530, press option #1. You may also contact ADOT via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on their website at www.azdot.gov/bellandgrand.
This will begin Phase 3A of the project. Please see Illustration below as well as the detour map.
Local businesses will be open and accessible during the Bell-Grand Project!
Businesses on all sides of the Bell Road and Grand Avenue interchange improvement project will be open during construction. In coordination with our partner ADOT, a business access map has been released to help residents find entry points to the shopping, dining and service destinations around the construction project area.
The following driveways along Bell Rd will remain open during the full closure; but ADOT will close them from time-to-time during construction. For this reason we did not specifically highlight them on the business access map.
*The traffic signal at Bell Rd and West Point Pkwy/Towne Center Dr will allow motorists in a single lane to continue thru the signal to access the Surprise Marketplace driveways near Compass Bank and Chick-fil-A; allowing for right turn-in only entry to the shopping center.
*Exit points out of Surprise Towne Center will also be open as construction permits with right-turn outs only onto Bell next to I-Hop and behind the Five Guys Burgers and the Vitamin Shoppe building.
The following driveways along Grand Ave will remain open as construction activities permit through mid-May:
Surprise Towne Center
Taco Bell/ Office Max
Starbucks/Bank of America
Access to businesses at signalized intersections will be maintained and are the recommended entry points into the business areas.
The Construction Business Access map shows the business entry options, permitted traffic movements, and lane configurations that shoppers can expect April 1 (after 10 p.m.) through mid-November. The reverse side of this map also includes the full closure detour route and ADOT’s project hotline number, website and email address for additional information.
In addition to traffic information, the “Bridge Buddy Outreach” campaign will provide support for businesses in the construction area, thanks to a partnership with the city and the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce. This collaboration with local businesses on a Bell & Grand ShopSurprise campaign that will launch in May and provide opportunities for residents to opt-in to receive daily deals, giveaways, and events from businesses near the project area. Stay tuned for additional details!
The Bell & Grand ShopSurprise campaign and a larger version of the business access map are featured in the city’s spring 2016 Progress magazine, which should be mailed to you any day now. Magazines are also available in the Surprise City Hall lobby, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza; View the online version of Spring 2016 Progress Magazine.
Business Stakeholder Meeting Update
Approximately 17 business representatives attended the Bell and Grand Stakeholder Meeting at City Hall, March 29.
Economic Development (ED) opened the meeting by providing information regarding resources available to support businesses during the Bell Rd closure. ED promoted the upcoming business seminars, specifically, the March 31 seminar titled A New Way of Marketing Your Business. ED encouraged the businesses to get involved with the Surprise Regional Chamber Bell Grand Shop Surprise campaign to help promote their businesses during the bridge project closure. Those in attendance were given the spring 2016 issue of Progress Magazine that includes six pages of Bell-Grand construction project details, business access map and the Shop Surprise initiative.
ADOT presented the four-phase construction plan for 134th Dr/134th Ave construction and traffic management:
Mid-April – early May
- Access to businesses in the area will be maintained on 134th Dr & Bell Rd and at Dysart & Bell roads
- Traffic will be on the north side of Bell Road and will be restricted to one lane in each direction between 134th Dr and Dysart Rd; the south side of Bell Rd is under construction at this time
Early May – mid-June
- Access to businesses in the area will be maintained on 134th Dr & Bell Rd and at Dysart & Bell Rd
- Traffic is moved to the south side lanes of Bell Rd and is still restricted to one lane in each direction between 134th Dr and Dysart Rd; 134th Ave is being constructed on the north side of Bell Rd at this time
Mid-June – late June
- Access to businesses in the area will be maintained on 134th Dr & Bell Rd; 134th Avenue & Bell (now open) and at Dysart & Bell Rd Late
June – November
- Access to businesses in the area will be maintained on 134th Ave & Bell Rd and at Dysart & Bell Rd
- 134th Dr cul de sac is under construction
ADOT informed the group that APS and Cox Communications will be conducting utility relocation work in April that may result in temporary lane restrictions and brief closures on Bell Rd west of Dysart.
Stakeholders, specifically those located on the south side of Bell Rd near 134th Dr, had questions regarding traffic configurations and business access during construction. A primary concern was left turn movements from Bell Rd into business driveways. ADOT has confirmed that left turn access to these businesses will be maintained throughout construction, with the exception of possible nighttime work.
Events & Meetings
Surprise Literacy Challenge
Councilman John Williams and I were honored to acknowledge Ms. Daniel’s 6th grade class at Paradise Education Center at Surprise Stadium on Friday evening. Thirteen schools and 124 classrooms, grades 4th-6th, from across Surprise accepted the four-month challenge, created by Councilman Williams and me, in November. The winning 6th grade class accepted their accolades on the field while the 4th and 5th grade winning classes will be treated to a pizza party.
Congrats to the all the winners!
Surprise Youth Council Video Review
As part of the recruitment process for additional new members for the Surprise Youth Council (SYC), Youth Services Administrator Paul Bernardo, Councilman Todd Tande and I reviewed video submissions of potential new SYC members on Monday, March 28. I am so impressed with our fearless, creative and hardworking youth, and I was honored to take part in the process.
Veteran Success Project (VSP) Advisory Committee Meeting
As a member of the Veteran Success Project Advisory Committee, I attended our Committee meeting on Tuesday, March 29. We were provided an update on the West Valley Veteran Center, and presentations on potential locations were given. Potential locations include Avondale, Surprise and Luke Air Force Base. Site Coordinator for the East Valley Veterans Education Center in Tempe, Troy Friedman, gave an update on the demographics and utilization of the East Valley facility.
With over 483,000 veterans in Arizona, the need for a Veteran Center is certainly justified and most definitely welcome in the West Valley. I am extremely honored to be part of this Committee and the future facility which would be funded by federal grants and local fundraising.
Mark Your Calendars
The City of Surprise is proud to host the next HOA Summit on Wednesday, April 6. You will have a chance to share your opportunities, issues, concerns and solutions with your Surprise neighbors and hear the latest news from the City Manager and various City Directors, including those from Public Works, Human Service & Community Vitality and the Chief of Police.
HOA board members and management company representatives are encouraged to attend, as are HOA community members.
The HOA Summit will be held in the Community Room of the Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. The summit will begin at 5:30 p.m. and conclude around 8 p.m. A light meal will be served. For information or to register, contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242 or email@example.com. Please register early since space is limited.
Did You Know?
Surprise Park-and-Ride Temporary Relocation
The Surprise Park-and-Ride will be temporarily relocated beginning April 4 due to construction activity related to the Bell Road and Grand Avenue Interchange Improvement.
The facility will remain open at its current location at 13327 W Bell Road through Friday, April 1. Beginning on Monday, April 4, the Park-and-Ride will be temporarily relocated to DreamCatcher Park, located at 14534 W Tierra Buena Lane. It is expected to return to its original location following the completion of the project, estimated to be no later than Feb. 2017.
If you have any questions, please call Valley Metro Customer Service at 602.253.5000 or TTY 602.251.2039, or the City of Surprise Customer Service Line at 623.222.6000.
BISCUITS Café is Open For Business
Biscuits Café has opened in Surprise! They are located at 13752 W. Bell Road. Welcome! We are excited to have you here!
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 outlet 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.