It continues to be a very busy time as construction crews working for Valley Metro build a new light rail corridor.
When it’s finished, light rail trains will operate on Central Avenue from downtown for five miles to Baseline Road. You will soon see eight light rail stops plus two park-and-ride areas.
I was curious about what’s happening along the South Central Avenue/Downtown Hub.
As I drove down Central Avenue, I couldn’t help but notice the orange barricades. The traffic signs and barricades direct drivers through the long construction zone as traffic patterns shift. There, crews are busy relocating utilities to make way for life-changing transportation.
It was both hands on the wheel and a slow procession, but I could see progress.
I liked the noticeable business signs along Central Avenue in the construction area. They’re intended to direct motorists to restaurants, shops, businesses, and churches.
The manager of the South Central Extension/Downtown Hub project, Luis Mota, said things are going well. “We are more than halfway there,” Mota said.
The latest construction progress includes:
- The installation of new track turnaround loops at McKinley Street and 5th Street.
- New connections on the Washington and Central Avenue tracks for the Downtown Hub
- Replacement of the CityScape Pedestrian bridge
- Completion of the Quarry Bridge (Overbank Trail) underpass at the Salt River
- Protecting the Central Avenue Bridge against erosion while reinforcing the bridge foundation for light rail trains
- Completion of half of the Western Canal widening just north of Baseline Road.
I invite you to visit the South Central Extension Community Office if you have some time. There’s lots of information available. It’s located at 5040 South Central Avenue and is open every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
More information is available at www.valleymetro.org/project/south-central-extension-downtown-hub and www.valleymetro.org/project/south-central-extension-downtown-hub/scedh-business-assistance-program