In 2007 the city conducted an arterial capacity study that identified all of the major arterial roadways throughout the city that are not currently built to their ultimate condition. The goals of the Arterial Capacity Study are rooted in traffic safety and traffic congestion mitigation. Waddell Road between State Route (SR) 303 and Reems Road was identified within this study as being incomplete.
The Waddell Road alignment between SR303 and Reems Road is narrowed due to the underdeveloped nature of Waddell Road. Now that SR303 freeway is a six-lane freeway, more traffic is utilizing Waddell Road to enter or exit the freeway. Waddell Road is at capacity based on its current configuration with a little over 16,000 vehicles per day. As the City of Surprise continues to grow and develop, Waddell Road will quickly become over saturated causing a possible rise in traffic congestion and safety issues. The completion of this roadway segment should provide relief to the eastern and western city ingress and egress points; with the goal of improving commute times, mitigating congestion and improving air quality. Completion of this roadway should also relieve traffic from other east/west arterial roadways.
This project will complete the north and south half of Waddell Rd from the east limit of the SR 303 to Reems Road and add a traffic signal at the Sarival Avenue and Waddell Road intersection. This project will eliminate areas that have multiple lanes merging into one lane in each direction.
The improvements within this segment of Waddell Road will construct four additional travel lanes (except Reems to Sarival which requires three additional travel lanes) for a total of six travel lanes. Other improvements include provisions for drainage, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, street lighting, landscaping, and turn lanes. This project will also include the relocation of existing Maricopa Water District infrastructure and right-of-way acquisition.
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 may 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 City of Surprise currently maintains the existing half-street improvements and the proposed full street improvements will have no significant impact on city resources.
The total approximate cost to design and build this project is $7 million.
This project supports the City of Surprise City Council’s Strategic Plan Transportation Goal 1 to improve access to and from Surprise, specifically east/west connections and Transportation Goal 2 to improve internal circulation by completing missing and incomplete links in the arterial network in the city by building out half-built streets.
The completion of this roadway segment also achieves the goals and objectives outlined within the voter-approved General Plan, specifically section 3.0. Given the proximity of this roadway to the SR303 and Prasada Development, these improvements are designed to aid in the attraction of Economic Development opportunities.
Cost & Timeline
|Project Start:||Summer 2019|
|Project Completion:||Summer 2020|
LocationWaddell Road between State Route 303 and Reems Road
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