Phoenix

The Northwest Extension Phase II project will extend light rail west on Dunlap Avenue from 19th Avenue, then north on 25th Avenue and across I-17 at Mountain View Road, ending on the west side of the freeway near the former Metrocenter Mall.

Current Status

  • An online public meeting in August and September provided information on the project's final design, public art concepts and an overview of upcoming construction.
  • Project construction began on August 24 with third-party (e.g., Salt River Project, Southwest Gas, Arizona Public Service and others) utility relocation.
  • The project contractor, Kiewit-McCarthy, A Joint Venture, started their work in late-October.
  • Representatives are proceding with the real estate acquisition process and continuing to contact property owners.
  • Coordination and collaboration with local area community groups, business owners and residents continues.
This graphic shows a schedule listing project activities and associated timeframes.

Next Steps

  • The first phase of work, utility relocations, will continue on Dunlap Avenue and at various locations on 25th Avenue and on Mountain View Road.
  • An online Business Owners Forum will be held on November 12.; business representatives can attend online or by phone. The Forum will be recorded and made available on the project website.
  • Business assistance programming will begin in late-November.
  • A workforce development program focused on education and career development related to the project will be launched in late 2020.
  • A project smart phone app, Construct VM, will be launched in late 2020.

What is the Northwest Extension Phase II project?

The Northwest Extension Phase II project will connect Valley Metro’s light rail system from 19th and Dunlap avenues and extend it 1.6 miles to the former Metrocenter Mall area in Phoenix. The project also includes new stations, including the system’s first elevated station, and public art.

Today, more than 50,000 riders rely on light rail each day. Light rail has proven to generate economic prosperity for historically underserved communities in metro Phoenix. Light rail makes the unique offerings of South Phoenix more accessible to others, attracting new customers, businesses and jobs to the area.

In 2004, the Phoenix City Council approved the Northwest Extension to extend light rail from 19th Ave/Montebello to 25th Ave. and Mountain View Rd. In 2007, the route was divided into two phases. The 3.2-mile Phase I on 19th Ave. from Montebello to Dunlap Ave. opened on March 19, 2016.

In 2016, the Phoenix City Council approved accelerating segments of the future high-capacity/light rail transit system. With the acceleration, Northwest Phase II will open in 2024 rather than 2026. The advancement is funded by Transportation 2050, a 35-year, multi-modal transportation plan approved by the Phoenix voters in 2015. Learn more about T2050 here.

Stats

Stats: 1.6 miles, 1 park-and-ride/transit center, 3 stations.

Map

Northwest Light Rail Extension Phase II Hub map. Refer to Route description for details.

Northwest Light Rail Extension Phase II route description

The Northwest Phase II light rail project will begin where the line currently ends at 19th Avenue and Dunlap Avenue. It will continue along Dunlap Avenue and then turn north onto 25th Avenue and turn west onto Mountain View Road. From there it will cross the I-17 Freeway and the extension will end at the former Metrocenter Mall.

Schedule

Project Schedule

Construction and COVID-19

As construction continues, the project team and construction crews are adhering to current guidelines about health and safety protocols.

“Stay at Home” policies have caused decreased activity in public places and on city streets, creating opportunities to look at ways to optimize construction work. While public health guidance limits the number of workers in a single crew, construction contractor Kiewit-McCarthy, A Joint Venture (KMJV), is deploying an additional construction crew on the project during this time of decreased public activity. KMJV will continue to evaluate any additional opportunities to optimize work during this time, maintaining as a priority the health and safety of community members, the traveling public and construction workers.

As always, Valley Metro will notify stakeholders in advance of any additional construction near businesses or residences.

For more information:

Upcoming Construction Activities

Light rail construction on the Northwest Extension Phase II project continues on the north side of Dunlap Avenue (between 19th and 25th avenues) and on 25th Avenue (between Dunlap Avenue and Mountain View Road) and begins soon along Mountain View Road. In the first phase of construction in this area, community members may see some of the following traffic impacts:

  • One lane maintained in each direction on Dunlap Avenue
  • Business and pedestrian access maintained

Safety – for motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and construction workers – is a top priority. Please be extra careful when traveling in the construction zones.

  • Plan your trip. The Construction Notices area on this page provides the latest information on construction activity and traffic restrictions.
  • Remember to stay alert and follow the posted traffic signals and signs during construction.
  • For everyone’s safety, please do not approach workers in a construction zone. If you have questions regarding the project, contact the Community Outreach or Business Assistance Coordinator.

To stay up-to-date on the latest news and information, please:

  • Visit the project webpage: valleymetro.org/northwest2
  • Call Hotline: 602.254.RAIL (7245)
  • Contact the project’s Valley Metro Community Outreach Coordinator:

Please see the information below for more details on upcoming construction activities.

Six Month Construction Outlook

All information is subject to change due to nature of work in different areas and/or unforeseen circumstances.

This chart shows the upcoming construction activities for the next six months.

Looking for More?

  • Business Assistance: Valley Metro and the City of Phoenix have developed extensive programs to provide business assistance before and throughout construction. See the Business Assistance tab for more details.
  • Contacts: Community Outreach and Business Assistance staff are available to answer your questions. See the Contact tab for staff contact information.

Valley Metro is committed to the well-being of the communities we serve. We know that state and federal guidance seeking to limit the spread of COVID-19 may affect your shopping routines. Here are some tips for continuing to support local businesses during this time:

  • Order online or over the phone from local shops.
  • Order takeout or delivery for local restaurants.
  • If you typically make larger purchases with local retailers later in the year, place your orders now.
  • If you do not need anything specific now, buy gift cards from local businesses to use later.
  • Purchase gift cards from local restaurants.
  • Share this post and information widely so others know how to help!

"The business assistance team has sponsored many events to highlight and promote local businesses. They have always responded quickly to questions, concerns and occasional disruptions."

Jose O'Rubio

Grullo's Restaurant | 1110 E. Main St. | Mesa, AZ 85203


"Long term construction always has its difficulties, but Valley Metro has gone above and beyond to promote area businesses. Their free advertising mailer and community events have been a great assist to my practice and has helped our business community develop helpful long-term relationships that will last long after the project is finished."

Richard S. Ray, DC

Ray Chiropractic Center | 62 N Stapley Dr | Mesa, AZ 85203

Career Development

Implemented through Kiewit-McCarthy, A Joint Venture (Valley Metro's construction contractor), a variety of education and employment programs help connect local residents and companies to construction business opportunities, increase the skills of current employees and communicate the benefits of construction careers. The program also includes craft and small business training designed to increase local construction capacity. Quarterly workshops offer opportunities to share lessons learned and build real connections with subcontractors.

Learn more about construction careers with Kiewit by emailing PHXLightRailJobs@kiewit.com.


Current Job Openings

Kiewit Hiring Event Flier

Kiewit-McCarthy, A Joint Venture, is hiring for Valley Metro's Northwest Extension Phase II light rail project and other Phoenix-based projects. Kiewit and ARIZONA@WORK are hosting virtual hiring events live on their Facebook page at Construction Works AZ the last Monday of every month at 10 a.m. to:

  • Highlight open positions
  • Connect you to subcontractors and unions
  • Showcase careers in construction

Each month features guest speakers, including craft workers, union reps, subcontractor employers and workforce development organizations. Viewer questions will be answered at each session. To register text "KIEWIT" to 31996. All virtual hiring events are recorded and posted for you to view at anytime. You can view all recorded virtual hiring events here at anytime.

Any further questions about available positions with Valley Metro or on the Northwest Extension Phase II team, please email Flor Mason.

Current Status

  • An online public meeting in August and September provided information on the project's final design, public art concepts and an overview of upcoming construction.
  • Project construction began on August 24 with third-party (e.g., Salt River Project, Southwest Gas, Arizona Public Service and others) utility relocation.
  • The project contractor, Kiewit-McCarthy, A Joint Venture, started their work in late-October.
  • Representatives are proceding with the real estate acquisition process and continuing to contact property owners.
  • Coordination and collaboration with local area community groups, business owners and residents continues.
This graphic shows a schedule listing project activities and associated timeframes.

Next Steps

  • The first phase of work, utility relocations, will continue on Dunlap Avenue and at various locations on 25th Avenue and on Mountain View Road.
  • An online Business Owners Forum will be held on November 12.; business representatives can attend online or by phone. The Forum will be recorded and made available on the project website.
  • Business assistance programming will begin in late-November.
  • A workforce development program focused on education and career development related to the project will be launched in late 2020.
  • A project smart phone app, Construct VM, will be launched in late 2020.

What is the Northwest Extension Phase II project?

The Northwest Extension Phase II project will connect Valley Metro’s light rail system from 19th and Dunlap avenues and extend it 1.6 miles to the former Metrocenter Mall area in Phoenix. The project also includes new stations, including the system’s first elevated station, and public art.

Today, more than 50,000 riders rely on light rail each day. Light rail has proven to generate economic prosperity for historically underserved communities in metro Phoenix. Light rail makes the unique offerings of South Phoenix more accessible to others, attracting new customers, businesses and jobs to the area.

In 2004, the Phoenix City Council approved the Northwest Extension to extend light rail from 19th Ave/Montebello to 25th Ave. and Mountain View Rd. In 2007, the route was divided into two phases. The 3.2-mile Phase I on 19th Ave. from Montebello to Dunlap Ave. opened on March 19, 2016.

In 2016, the Phoenix City Council approved accelerating segments of the future high-capacity/light rail transit system. With the acceleration, Northwest Phase II will open in 2024 rather than 2026. The advancement is funded by Transportation 2050, a 35-year, multi-modal transportation plan approved by the Phoenix voters in 2015. Learn more about T2050 here.

Stats

Stats: 1.6 miles, 1 park-and-ride/transit center, 3 stations.

Map

Northwest Light Rail Extension Phase II Hub map. Refer to Route description for details.

Northwest Light Rail Extension Phase II route description

The Northwest Phase II light rail project will begin where the line currently ends at 19th Avenue and Dunlap Avenue. It will continue along Dunlap Avenue and then turn north onto 25th Avenue and turn west onto Mountain View Road. From there it will cross the I-17 Freeway and the extension will end at the former Metrocenter Mall.

Schedule

Project Schedule

Construction and COVID-19

As construction continues, the project team and construction crews are adhering to current guidelines about health and safety protocols.

“Stay at Home” policies have caused decreased activity in public places and on city streets, creating opportunities to look at ways to optimize construction work. While public health guidance limits the number of workers in a single crew, construction contractor Kiewit-McCarthy, A Joint Venture (KMJV), is deploying an additional construction crew on the project during this time of decreased public activity. KMJV will continue to evaluate any additional opportunities to optimize work during this time, maintaining as a priority the health and safety of community members, the traveling public and construction workers.

As always, Valley Metro will notify stakeholders in advance of any additional construction near businesses or residences.

For more information:

Upcoming Construction Activities

Light rail construction on the Northwest Extension Phase II project continues on the north side of Dunlap Avenue (between 19th and 25th avenues) and on 25th Avenue (between Dunlap Avenue and Mountain View Road) and begins soon along Mountain View Road. In the first phase of construction in this area, community members may see some of the following traffic impacts:

  • One lane maintained in each direction on Dunlap Avenue
  • Business and pedestrian access maintained

Safety – for motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and construction workers – is a top priority. Please be extra careful when traveling in the construction zones.

  • Plan your trip. The Construction Notices area on this page provides the latest information on construction activity and traffic restrictions.
  • Remember to stay alert and follow the posted traffic signals and signs during construction.
  • For everyone’s safety, please do not approach workers in a construction zone. If you have questions regarding the project, contact the Community Outreach or Business Assistance Coordinator.

To stay up-to-date on the latest news and information, please:

  • Visit the project webpage: valleymetro.org/northwest2
  • Call Hotline: 602.254.RAIL (7245)
  • Contact the project’s Valley Metro Community Outreach Coordinator:

Please see the information below for more details on upcoming construction activities.

Six Month Construction Outlook

All information is subject to change due to nature of work in different areas and/or unforeseen circumstances.

This chart shows the upcoming construction activities for the next six months.

Looking for More?

  • Business Assistance: Valley Metro and the City of Phoenix have developed extensive programs to provide business assistance before and throughout construction. See the Business Assistance tab for more details.
  • Contacts: Community Outreach and Business Assistance staff are available to answer your questions. See the Contact tab for staff contact information.

Valley Metro is committed to the well-being of the communities we serve. We know that state and federal guidance seeking to limit the spread of COVID-19 may affect your shopping routines. Here are some tips for continuing to support local businesses during this time:

  • Order online or over the phone from local shops.
  • Order takeout or delivery for local restaurants.
  • If you typically make larger purchases with local retailers later in the year, place your orders now.
  • If you do not need anything specific now, buy gift cards from local businesses to use later.
  • Purchase gift cards from local restaurants.
  • Share this post and information widely so others know how to help!

"The business assistance team has sponsored many events to highlight and promote local businesses. They have always responded quickly to questions, concerns and occasional disruptions."

Jose O'Rubio

Grullo's Restaurant | 1110 E. Main St. | Mesa, AZ 85203


"Long term construction always has its difficulties, but Valley Metro has gone above and beyond to promote area businesses. Their free advertising mailer and community events have been a great assist to my practice and has helped our business community develop helpful long-term relationships that will last long after the project is finished."

Richard S. Ray, DC

Ray Chiropractic Center | 62 N Stapley Dr | Mesa, AZ 85203

Career Development

Implemented through Kiewit-McCarthy, A Joint Venture (Valley Metro's construction contractor), a variety of education and employment programs help connect local residents and companies to construction business opportunities, increase the skills of current employees and communicate the benefits of construction careers. The program also includes craft and small business training designed to increase local construction capacity. Quarterly workshops offer opportunities to share lessons learned and build real connections with subcontractors.

Learn more about construction careers with Kiewit by emailing PHXLightRailJobs@kiewit.com.


Current Job Openings

Kiewit Hiring Event Flier

Kiewit-McCarthy, A Joint Venture, is hiring for Valley Metro's Northwest Extension Phase II light rail project and other Phoenix-based projects. Kiewit and ARIZONA@WORK are hosting virtual hiring events live on their Facebook page at Construction Works AZ the last Monday of every month at 10 a.m. to:

  • Highlight open positions
  • Connect you to subcontractors and unions
  • Showcase careers in construction

Each month features guest speakers, including craft workers, union reps, subcontractor employers and workforce development organizations. Viewer questions will be answered at each session. To register text "KIEWIT" to 31996. All virtual hiring events are recorded and posted for you to view at anytime. You can view all recorded virtual hiring events here at anytime.

Any further questions about available positions with Valley Metro or on the Northwest Extension Phase II team, please email Flor Mason.

Project Contacts

Michael Book

Community Outreach Coordinator

(602) 256-5811

Bree Boehlke

Business Assistance Coordinator

(602) 256-5822