7th Street Roadway & Drainage Improvement Project – Carefree Highway to Desert Hills Drive
Beginning early next month (August 2010), Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) will start construction on the three-mile segment of 7th Street between Carefree Highway and Desert Hills Drive.
This project will widen the existing two-lane roadway by adding a continuous left- turn lane throughout the project corridor, provide additional roadway drainage improvements and realign the southern leg of the Desert Hills Drive and 7th Street intersection. Utility relocation efforts are currently underway in advance preparation for roadway improvements.
Additional improvements include the installation of an ITS (Intelligent Transportation System) communication link between the MCDOT Traffic Management Center and the 7th Street School Zone between Galvin Street and Cloud Road; the construction of left-turn only lanes on north and southbound 7th Street for east and westbound travel onto Joy Ranch Road and the installation of new drainage pipes at the southeast corner of the 7th Street/Joy Ranch Road intersection. 7th Street/Desert Hills Drive intersection improvements include the westward shift of 7th Street south of Desert Hills Drive to provide a safer intersect with Desert Hills Drive for enhanced traffic safety; the installation of “right-turn only” lanes on north and southbound 7th Street for east and westbound travel onto Desert Hills Drive; and the installation of “left-turn only” lanes in all four directions.
Construction will take approximately six months and roadway completion is slated for January 2011.
24-hour MCDOT Construction Hotline: (480) 350-9288
Temporary closures or lane restrictions can be anticipated. Access will be maintained at all times for residents, businesses and emergency vehicles.
Please obey flag persons and special construction signs and drive cautiously when traveling through the construction work zone. In addition, please allow extra time to travel through the area as there may be traffic delays.
Construction Work Hours:
In accordance with seasonal changes, the MCDOT contractor may begin activities as early as 6 a.m. and work until 7 p.m. Some evening or weekend work may be required. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for your patience!