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Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012 1:15 am

One of the last projects on the capital improvements list discussed at Tuesday’s council meeting was a first: Peoria’s first sustainable roadway. When Councilmember Dave Pearson asked City Engineering Director Andy Granger what that meant, there appeared to be very little to explain.

The main aspect of the planned Lake Pleasant Parkway improvements from Westwing Parkway to Loop 303 is the recycled asphalt that would be used from tearing up the old pavement. Another aspect was the fact there would not be as many streetlights. It is a mainly rural desert setting – for now.

Granger’s report said the newest segment of the Lake Pleasant Parkway corridor will be the first major street project built ahead of development.

“With the goal of enhancing future economic development, the project provides the infrastructure necessary to support future businesses,” the report states.

Design is 75 percent complete with a construction completion expected in February 2014. All of the right of way has been acquired, and street improvements will be built concurrently with the water, sewer, and other utilities. Look for a widened median, trail underpass, and enhanced landscaping. There will be a new traffic signal installed at Westwing Parkway.

Total project budget is $33,015,024. Ames Construction and Ritoch-Powell & Associates is the design-build team.

Completed projects so far this year include Scotland Yard Neighborhood Park; Beardsley Road from 99th Avenue to Lake Pleasant Road; and Vistancia Recharge Wells.

Projects in the construction phase:

Community Center building addition – completion in December - $9,296,122 total cost.

Council chambers ADA enhancements – completion in December - $583,000 total cost. The next special council meeting Dec. 26 will be held in the Pine Room at the Municipal Complex. The city thanked Peoria Police Department Officer Bill Weigt for his input and contributions during the design process.

Pioneer Community Park – completion September 2013 - $26,623,345 total cost.

75th Avenue and Thunderbird Road intersection improvements – completion in December - $6,371,988 total cost.

83rd Avenue street and drainage improvements – completion May 2013 - $7,290,492 total cost.

Grand Avenue landscaping - Loop 101 to 71st Avenue - completion January 2013 - $280,000 City of Peoria cost; $6.3 million in federal funding. Improvements include median and roadside landscaping from Loop 101 to 71st Avenue; street lighting from Loop 101 to approximately 3,400 feet east of Cotton Crossing; wrought iron fencing along the railroad side of Grand Avenue from 88th Avenue to Cotton Crossing, pedestrian lighting and sidewalks along the north side of Grand from75th to 71st avenues; and bridge structure painting at the Olive Avenue overpass and BNSF railroad crossing underpass. Land form graphics being installed are the first of their kind in the City of Peoria.

Lake Pleasant Parkway; Westwing to Loop 303

Trunk sewer rehabilitation in multiple council districts –completion in November - $4,032,415- focus on large trunk sewer rehabilitation.

Projects in the design/study phase:

Camino a Lago Park

New River Trail – Northern to Olive avenues

Sports complex improvements

103rd Avenue; Northern to Olive avenues – west one-half street

75th Avenue and Cactus Road intersection

75th and Peoria avenues intersection

91st Avenue; Butler Drive to Mountain View Road

Agua Fria truck road reliever

Deer Valley Road; 109th Avenue to Lake Pleasant Parkway

Glendale-Peoria ADMP update

Utility undergrounding master plan

Downtown traffic study

North Peoria traffic update study

Individuals interested in learning more can access the entire report on the city’s website at Look for FY13-22 CIP Update Report.

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