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On October 15, Valley Metro and city of Mesa hosted a groundbreaking event and community fall festival at Stapley Drive and Main Street to mark the start of construction.
The construction contractor, Stacy and Witbeck/Sundt, constructed the Northwest Extension in Phoenix, which opened earlier this year and a portion of the original 20 miles of light rail that opened in 2008.
“We are proud to partner with the city of Mesa and Valley Metro on this project,” said Stacy and Witbeck/Sundt Project Manager Jennifer Donaldson. “We also look forward to working closely with the community, minimizing the impact of construction and working to build a quality product for Mesa and this region.”
Construction started the week of October 17. The extension is slated to open in late 2018/early 2019 with a programmed budget of $152.7 million from federal and local funds.
Left to right: Mesa Mayor John Giles, Mesa Councilmember Alex Finter, Mesa Vice Mayor and Valley Metro Rail Board Vice Chair Dennis Kavanaugh, Mesa Councilmember David Luna, Mesa Councilmember Chris Glover, Valley Metro Interim CEO Scott Smith, Stacy and Witbeck/Sundt Project Manager Jennifer Donaldson, Mesa Councilmember Dave Richins and Mesa City Manager Chris Brady.
Safety is a top priority for Valley Metro. Remember to stay alert and follow the posted traffic signals and signs during construction. For additional safety tips, click here.
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. To view the environmental reports, click here.
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.
|Opening||Late 2018/early 2019|