Hi guys- Yes it is a pain but once the bridge is complete, the change is going to be for the better for property values and to speed up the flow we all have been cussing since the boom- The Column from the West Valley News / Surprise Today gives more details and detours but get ready for traffic issues until February- Over the last 15 years the bridges starting at Thomas has provided lots of relief and soon Grand may actually be worth driving again-

Columns that will support a $41.9 million overpass and interchange at Bell Road and Grand Avenue (US 60) will begin rising on the east side of the project now that nine shafts have been drilled, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Work has proceeded steadily since Bell Road closed April 1 between 134th Drive and West Point Parkway, with crews clearing the project area, relocating utilities and more. Among the latest progress, forms have been assembled to create bridge panels with an agave pattern.

Ten additional shafts will be drilled on the west side of the railroad tracks.

The Bell Road closure, which will end by November, will allow faster construction of a bridge over Grand Avenue and the BNSF Railway tracks.

In the meantime, the primary detour route is along Dysart, Greenway and Litchfield roads. Please obey all traffic signs and posted speed limits, and also note that additional law enforcement is on patrol.

Access to businesses next to the project area will be maintained throughout the project.

The US 60 (Grand Avenue) and Bell Road Interchange project is part of the Maricopa Association of Governments’ Regional Transportation Plan approved by county voters in 2004. Funding sources include a county half-cent sales tax for transportation projects and the MAG region’s share of federal highway funds.

For information on the interchange project, visit azdot.gov/BellAndGrand, or call ADOT’s project hotline: (855) 712-8530 FREE, press option #1.