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The project is in the final design and pre-construction phase, set for ground breaking in October 2016. Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. is developing the project’s final design, which is currently near 90 percent complete. Stacy and Witbeck/Sundt, the project construction contractor, is finalizing 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 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. To view the details of the preferred option, click here.
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.