Bell & Grand Interchange Improvements

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Park-and-Ride Update
The pick-up and drop-off locations for Route 571 – Surprise Express will relocate back to the Surprise Park-and-Ride at 13327 W Bell Road effective December 5.

The Park-and-Ride has been temporarily operating out of DreamCatcher Park, located at 14534 W Tierra Buena Lane, due to construction activity related to the Bell Road and Grand Avenue interchange improvement.

Please note that while Bell Road has reopened, Grand Avenue will not be accessible from the Bell Road bridge and vice versa. A detour will be in place to allow for connection between those roads until project completion in early 2017.

For more information, please contact Valley Metro Customer Service at or 602.253.5000.
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Construction begins on US 60 (Grand Avenue) / Bell Road Traffic Interchange

To improve congestion at the busy Bell Road intersection, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) will construct a new Bell Road bridge over US 60 (Grand Avenue) and the adjacent railroad tracks. The bridge will replace the current ground-level intersection. With this new interchange, through traffic on Grand Avenue will no longer stop at Bell Road. Instead, the two roadways will be connected via new on- and off-ramps constructed within the Grand Avenue median.

The Grand Avenue/Bell Road 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 project is scheduled to be completed over the next 14 months (in spring 2017).

Utility relocation work in the area, mostly during overnight hours, began on January 4, 2016 and is expected to continue through the end of April 2016.

At the project’s start, (the contractor) Coffman Specialties, Inc., will focus on work along the center median of Grand Avenue near Bell Road. The work is set to start on February 2. Drivers can expect Grand Avenue to be narrowed to two lanes in each direction in the area between Towne Center and Bell Grande.

Any necessary closures of Grand Avenue will primarily be scheduled at night or on weekends. Construction along the Grand Avenue median will set the stage for the addition of the median on- and off-ramps that will connect to the new Bell Road overpass. Most of that heavy construction will conclude by late this year, although drivers can expect restrictions along Grand Avenue through the project’s completion next spring. The work will be done in stages, with the initial work focusing on the center median area and the ramp construction. Later in the schedule, traffic will be switched toward the median to allow construction of the Grand Avenue "through lanes" in the area.

In order to reduce the project’s length and lessen the overall impacts of construction, ADOT has worked with the city of Surprise and local businesses to schedule a full closure of Bell Road near Grand Avenue.

The full closure of Bell Road between 134th Avenue and West Point Parkway is scheduled to start April 1, at the conclusion of the Cactus League season at Surprise Stadium. The full closure of Bell Road will be in place between 6 and 8 months. At the very latest, the project team will be expected to reopen Bell Road to traffic in time for the holiday shopping season in November. While not all of the work will be finished at that time, reopening Bell Road will allow improved access to businesses in the area.

Over the summer 2015, ADOT and the city of Surprise conducted a business outreach and impact assessment to engage businesses in the project area, assess business operations, solicit stakeholder opinions, and identify business needs during construction. The outreach team also solicited feedback from the businesses regarding potential impacts related to the construction schedule, duration and time of year. The input received during the business outreach was consistent with the public comments and feedback received during the environmental phase of the project which indicated a community preference for a condensed construction schedule.

When the full closure of Bell Road is put in place April 1, the primary north-south detour routes will be Dysart Road (east of Grand Avenue) and Litchfield Road (west of Grand Avenue), with Greenway Road serving as the primary east-west detour route. “Soft” closures of Bell Road will be in place at Dysart and Litchfield roads, while local traffic will still be able to travel as far as 134th Avenue on the east side of Grand Avenue and to West Point Parkway west of Grand Avenue.

ADOT recognizes a significant project like this will undoubtedly create challenges for the traveling public and local businesses. However, ADOT is committed to mitigating construction impacts to area businesses with a comprehensive access plan and appropriate signage.

ADOT will 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 a 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
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Bell & Grand Project Timeline

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