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The contractor, Sundt/Stacy and Witbeck Joint Venture (SSWJV), has completed another phase of construction – station installation. A community event was held in November to celebrate the installation of stations and new art along the extension. Finishing touches are now being made on the three new light rail stations and the park-and-ride. The roadway is also taking shape. It is expanded to its final configuration and new sidewalks, curbs and gutters are installed.
Vehicle testing is underway and will continue through March 2016. During testing, Valley Metro will test vehicle clearance at stations, the overhead electrification system, traffic signal coordination and the switches that allow the trains to move from track to track.
Safety tips during testing:
Construction on the 3.2-mile extension began in January 2013. It will extend light rail north on 19th Avenue from Montebello to Dunlap Avenue and serve 5,000 riders per day. In 2012, the project received approval to move ahead utilizing capital funds from the countywide Proposition 400 transit sales tax, as well as funds from Phoenix’s Transit 2000. Phoenix is responsible for the operations costs of light rail service that travels in their city.
Northwest Phase II will eventually expand light rail service west towards I-17. It is currently slated to open in 2026.
Valley Metro, in coordination with the city of Phoenix and community partners, has developed a wide array of business assistance programs as resources to stay well-positioned during the construction phase. View the Business Assistance Brochure for more information.
|Utility Relocation||Winter 2013 - Fall 2014|
|Roadway Widening||Summer 2013 - Summer 2015|
|Track/Station Installation||Winter 2014 - Fall 2015|
|Light Rail Testing/Operations||Fall 2015 - March 2016|