Bell & Grand Interchange Improvements
Top 5 Driving Pattern Changes to Know
The newly constructed Grand Ave ramps from the Bell Rd Bridge February are now open; here’s what you need to know about navigating the completed intersection!
- The traffic control signal on the top of the Bell Rd Bridge that connects traffic movements from the new on-off ramps to Grand Ave is now active! Be prepared to stop at the intersection to allow Grand Ave traffic to make turning movements onto Bell Rd, and Bell Rd movements onto Grand Ave.
- Planning to shop at Surprise Marketplace (SW corner of Bell & Grand)? Those driving on Bell Rd should STAY on Bell Rd to access this shopping center, just west of the bridge, at the Chick-Fil-A driveway or West Point Pkwy. If you are on Grand Ave, then enter using the Bell Grande Dr entrance, just south of the bridge.
- If you are on Grand Ave (in either direction) and take the Grand Ave ramps to access Bell Rd, you can only turn right or left onto Bell. There are no through movements back onto Grand Ave for drivers on the ramps.
- Dual left turns on Bell-to-Dysart & Litchfield-to-Bell are GONE! Traffic control has returned to the pre-Bell Rd closure configuration at these intersections. The dual left turn lanes, and other detour-favoring changes, have been removed. Please be mindful of the traffic control changes.
- The city is actively monitoring the intersection for traffic synchronization!
US 60 (Grand Avenue) & Bell Road Traffic Interchange
To improve congestion at the busy Bell Road intersection, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) constructed a new Bell Road bridge over US 60 (Grand Avenue) and the adjacent railroad tracks. The bridge replaced the former ground-level intersection. With this new interchange, through traffic on Grand Avenue no longer has to stop at Bell Road. Instead, the two roadways are connected via new on- and off-ramps constructed within the Grand Avenue median.
The Grand Avenue and Bell Road Interchange project was part of the Maricopa Association of Governments’ (MAG) Regional Transportation Plan approved by county voters in 2004. Funding sources included a county half-cent sales tax for transportation projects and the MAG region’s share of federal highway funds.
The $41.9 million interchange is a median urban diamond design, which has connections at the center rather than ramps to the right of Grand Avenue travel lanes or other possible configurations. The benefits of this design minimized the impact on neighboring shopping centers and businesses by not requiring ADOT to acquire as much property.
In order to reduce the project’s length and lessen the overall impacts of construction, ADOT worked with the city of Surprise and local businesses to schedule a full closure of Bell Road near Grand Avenue in order to condense the construction schedule.
Project construction began in January 2016 with the deconstruction of the ground-level intersection and the relocation of utilities.
The full closure of Bell Road between 134th Avenue and West Point Parkway began on April 1 and concluded on November 22, just in time for the 2016 holiday shopping season. The Grand Avenue median ramps that connect Grand Avenue to the Bell Road Bridge were completed on February 16, 2017.
Project tasks, such as landscaping, permanent striping and construction of the interchange drainage system, will continue until the project is complete in early March 2017.
ADOT will continue to work to inform the public about planned project restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect the project schedule.
The public can also stay up to date on the project’s progress and any planned closures and restrictions by signing up to receive email updates from ADOT.
For more information, including all traffic alerts about this project please call 855.712.8530 or email BellandGrandInfo@azdot.gov.