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Nov. 28, 2016

Comment sought on roadway and intersection projects

Alma School and Chandler IntersectionThe widening of a road in southeast Chandler and of a busy intersection in central Chandler will be the subject of separate public meetings to be held in mid-December.

Planned improvements to Cooper Road that will widen the street from two to four lanes from approximately 3,500 feet north of Chandler Heights Road to Riggs Road will be discussed at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Hull Elementary School, Multipurpose Room, 2424 E. Maren Drive. 

The improvements are in the early design stage and the project team seeks public comment on the design which will include raised medians, bike lanes, turn lanes, sidewalks, curb, gutter, street lighting, traffic signals, storm drains, landscaping and irrigation and utility relocations. Construction is tentatively scheduled to occur in spring 2018.

A public meeting to discuss the improvements coming in early 2017 to the intersection of Alma School Road and Chandler Boulevard will be held at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Arizona College Prep, cafeteria, 1150 W. Erie St. Project maps and exhibits will be on display and project team members will be available to answer questions.

The improvements will enhance traffic flow and safety by adding dual left turn lanes, dedicated right turn lanes and an additional through lane on Alma School Road and bus lane on Chandler Boulevard. The project also includes new storm drains, curb, gutter, sidewalks, signals, landscaping and utility relocations.

The Alma School Road/Chandler Boulevard intersection had the highest collision rate in the City in 2015 with 48 accidents. A large part of the construction cost to improve the intersection will be funded by a Highway Safety Improvement Program grant from the Federal Highway Administration.