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Community Outreach Coordinator
Construction on the Gilbert Road Extension started in October 2016. The contractor, Stacy and Witbeck/Sundt, a Joint Venture (SWSJV), has installed temporary lighting and traffic lights along Main Street from Mesa Drive to Gilbert Road. SWSJV has removed the median and has begun underground utility work.
Work will span across the entire corridor during construction, but traffic restrictions will be limited to zones depending on specific construction activity. To receive weekly construction updates with traffic restrictions, contact the Community Outreach Coordinator listed below.
The Gilbert Road Extension is scheduled to open in 2019 with a programmed budget of $152.7 million from federal and local funds.
Safety is a top priority for Valley Metro. Remember to stay alert and follow the posted traffic signals and signs during construction. Click for additional safety tips.
In 2011, Valley Metro initiated the Gilbert Road Extension study. It identified and evaluated various ways light rail could be placed within Main Street. In 2012, Valley Metro entered the environmental phase of the study, which included further review of design options and locations of the stations and park-and-ride. A preferred design option was adopted by the Mesa City Council, in April 2013. The project’s environmental review was completed in 2014 and the final design team kicked off their efforts in August 2015. Click to view the project environmental reports.
The extension will include a roundabout on Main St/Horne. The roundabout will help reduce traffic wait times and encourage a smoother flow of traffic in the area. The only other light rail system to have a roundabout, is in Utah.