After 11 years, Northern Parkway construction begins.
by Kathryn Stafford
Ron Ames, Peoria Vice Mayor, Lana Mook, El Mirage Mayor, Max Wilson, Chairman, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Elaine Scruggs, Glendale Mayor, John Hauskins, Director, Maricopa County Department of Transportation, Timothy Phillips, Chief Engineer, Flood Control District of Maricopa County, Al Kattan, Project Management Office, Maricopa County.
The Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) contractor will begin advance preparation and ground soaking to facilitate upcoming earthwork and excavation activities associated with the construction start of Northern Parkway. The Northern Parkway Program Loop 303 to US Grand Avenue is a multijurisdictional transportation partnership of El Mirage, Glendale, Peoria and Maricopa County Department of Transportation.
The groundbreaking ceremony took place Feb. 29 with Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs, El Mirage Mayor Lana Mook, and Max Wilson, Chairman, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in attendance.
“This is a major project not only as a regional perspective, but as a job perspective as well,” Wilson said.
He said the project will employ more than 250 people over the 13-month-long construction phase.
"This completed project will serve as a gateway to the West Valley,” Wilson said. “This project is another example of the West Valley working together.”
Northern Parkway construction under way in the West Valley
Phase 1 completion scheduled for Spring '13
by Sonu Munshi
via The Republic | azcentral.com
F-16s from Luke Air Force Base roared overhead and West Valley leaders dug their shovels into dirt this week as the Northern Parkway project, a decade in the making, is now under way.
Phase 1 of the project in portions of Maricopa County, El Mirage and Glendale, involves construction of a 4.5-mile stretch from Sarival Avenue east to Dysart Road. The $61.5 million first phase is expected to be completed by spring 2013.
Future phases of the planned 12.5-mile project, from Loop 303 to Grand Avenue, would widen the existing Northern Avenue to a multilane parkway.
Several leaders hailed the milestone ground-breaking, describing it as the first step toward bringing jobs and economic development to the region.
The parkway is billed as a much-needed reliever for busy Bell Road, the east-west corridor to its north.
Northern Parkway project breaks ground
by Jeff Dempsey
MCDOT Project Management and Construction Division Manager Al Kattan, left, Flood Control District of Maricopa County Chief Engineer/General Manager Timothy Phillips, Maricopa County Department of Transportation Director John Hauskins, Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Max Wilson, El Mirage Mayor Lana Mook and Peoria Vice Mayor Ron Aames participate in a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for a project to build Northern Parkway from Sarival Avenue to Dysart Road.
The Northern Parkway, a long-awaited project aimed at easing traffic congestion for West Valley residents, reached its first tangible milestone Wednesday.
Representatives from Maricopa County, Glendale, El Mirage and Peoria gathered near Northern Avenue and Dysart Road for a groundbreaking ceremony, marking the first stage of a $330 million project.
The significance of the moment was not lost on Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs, who said discussions on widening Northern Avenue first began 11 years ago, an idea brought forward by Glendale’s Citizens Transportation Oversight Commission.
“To say I’m thrilled to be here with you today would be the understatement of the decade,” she said. “Moving forward with a project of this magnitude has been no easy feat, and it’s been a long, winding, 11-year road to get to this point.”