Litchfield Road Improvement
In 2007 the city conducted a detailed roadway capacity study that identified all of the major arterial roadways within the city not currently built to their ultimate condition. The goals of the study are rooted in traffic safety and improving traffic congestion. Litchfield Road between Sweetwater Road and Desert Cove Road was identified in the study and preliminary cost models and design plans have been prepared in anticipation of construction. Please refer to attached map for project location.
This project will deliver the full design and construction of the Litchfield Road improvements between Sweetwater Avenue to Desert Cove Road. Currently, Litchfield Road from Sweetwater Avenue to Cactus Road provides one lane in the north and south directions. From Cactus Road south to Desert Cove Road along Litchfield Road, the west side of the road will be widened to two south bound lanes. This segment of Litchfield Road is the only remaining undeveloped section of Litchfield Road. The signalized intersection of Cactus Road and Litchfield Road is fully and will not require reconfiguration with the widening of Litchfield Road.
The improvements within this segment of Litchfield Road will complete two travel lanes each in north south direction, provisions for drainage, sidewalks, bicycle lane, street lighting, landscaping, relocation of 12KV APS power line and turn lanes. Water and wastewater infrastructure will also be installed as part of the roadway improvements, this infrastructure will be funded out of their respective enterprise funds.
The completion of this roadway segment supports the Economic Development and Transportation Connectivity goals outlined within the City Council’s Strategic Plan. This project also achieves the goals and objectives outlined within the voter approved General Plan, specifically section 3.0. Litchfield Road is one of the most prominent gateways into the City of Surprise, these improvements will significantly aid in the accessibility of Surprise. These improvements will also aid in the accessibility of the recently completed Veramonte Park improvements, directly adjacent to this segment of roadway. The additional roadway capacity will aid in the programing of this highly utilized community park.
This project may be eligible for developer reimbursement due to the Municipal Code that requires private property developers to build the roadway fronting their property. Given the uncertain nature of the development timing and the immediate need to alleviate traffic congestion, it is the direct benefit of the traveling public to complete this project ahead of development. Further delays in completion of the roadway will result in traffic congestion and safety concerns.
The maintenance of the roadway will not be a burden on the City’s General Fund or the Public Works Department. The maintenance of the roadway will be accounted for in a future budget.