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The project is in the final design and pre-construction phase. Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. is developing the project’s final design, which is currently 60 percent complete. Stacy and Witbeck/Sundt, the project construction contractor, is performing utility survey work. In addition, station art and architectural concepts are in the final design stage. The artists will design public art for stations at Stapley Drive, Gilbert Road, as well as the park-and-ride and a traction power substation.
In 2009, the Mesa City Council and Maricopa Association of Governments approved the 3.1-mile light rail Central Mesa Extension and recommended an additional 1.9-mile segment as a future project. 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. In April 2013, a preferred design option was adopted by the Mesa City Council. The preferred option consists of:
Two automobile travel lanes on Main Street, one in each direction that will widen to four travel lanes at Stapley Drive and Gilbert Road
Two stations, one at Stapley Drive and one at Gilbert Road
A park-and-ride at the southwest corner of Main Street and Gilbert Road
Two roundabouts, one at Horne and one at Harris Drive
In November 2013, Valley Metro received the Finding of No Significant Impact (or FONSI) from the Federal Transit Administration allowing the project to enter into the design phase. The project’s environmental review was completed in 2014, the final design team kicked off their efforts in August, 2015. To view the environmental reports, click here.