As the second phase of work begins on the 347 Overpass Project in Maricopa, Honeycutt Road between SR 347 and Pershing Street will be closed for an extended period of time and will continue into summer. The closure is needed for widening the road and adding new sidewalks, curbs and gutters on the south side of Honeycutt Road.
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), there will be no access from Honeycutt Road to John Wayne Parkway. However, a detour will be opened up on the recently constructed Plainview Street, and two-way traffic on Honeycutt Road will remain open to local businesses as well as Pershing Street.
ADOT is building a $55 million bridge to carry traffic over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks on State Route 347 in a busy area where trains can stop cars up to 60 times a day. The addition of the bridge is designed to remove delays for both drivers and first responders.
The two-year project also includes crews building a new elevation for Honeycutt Road, which will connect the new section of SR 347 once the overpass is built. A new signalized intersection to improve the traffic flow at SR 347 and Honeycutt Road will also be installed.
Designated as one of the fastest growing communities in Arizona, Maricopa is expected to double its traffic by 2040. With SR 347 serving as a primary route for those commuting between Phoenix and Tucson, “the bridge will alleviate traffic, enhance safety, and improve the quality of life in Maricopa and the region,” according to ADOT Director John Halikowski.
Funded in part by a $15 million grant from Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery and close to $14 million from the City of Maricopa, the long-anticipated project began in March 2018 and is expected to be complete by late 2019.
“This marks the culmination of 14 years of work and fiscal prudence,” says Maricopa Mayor Christian Price. “This crucial infrastructure project has been one of our biggest hurdles to growth and safety. We now begin a new chapter and look forward to working with ADOT to build our overpass.”
For more information on the project, visit overpasstracker.com.