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MC85 widening to begin in Sept.

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Improved traffic flow is coming to a southwest Valley road.

The Maricopa County Department of Transportation plans to begin widening MC85 in September, beginning with the area between 75th and 95th avenues.

MC85 is an east-west route trucking near a mix of industrial, agricultural and commercial distribution and warehousing properties.

The cost of construction is estimated at $21.5 million, funded through the County Transportation Improvement Program.

The widening projects aim to increase capacity, improve safety and make roadway operations more efficient.

As development increases, the roadway improvements become even more necessary to provide the desired level of service with safe traffic operations,” said Nicole Moon, the communications branch manager for MCDOT.

Officials have monitored and studied MC85 since the 1990s. According to MCDOT’s Historical Counts of county roads, 20,078 vehicles use the road near 83rd Avenue on a daily basis.

The first leg of the East Corridor project includes widening MC85 to five lanes with a center turn lane or raised median. Officials will construct sidewalks and drainage basins, and upgrade traffic signals, including one at 79th Avenue.

Splitting the MC85 project into two segments allowed MCDOT to begin construction of the first segment at an earlier date since we were able to coordinate having the utilities relocated between 75th Avenue and 95th Avenue more quickly,” Moon said. “Utility coordination is currently underway for the second segment from 107th Avenue to 95th Avenue.

According to the MCDOT website, construction of the second segment is expected to start in the spring of 2019. The west corridor — MC85 in Buckeye and Goodyear — will be widened in 2018.

 

Chris Caraveo can be reached at ccaraveo@westvalleyview.com.

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