CASA GRANDE — The City Council on Monday got an update on the state’s progress on the Interstate 10 widening study between Loop 202 and State Route 387.
Greg Byers, a representative from the Arizona Department of Transportation, said the department is still gathering public comments on the project and has started work on the environmental assessment and design concept report needed for the project.
The hope is to have a draft of both documents before June 2020. The department also hopes to hold a public meeting in the spring to present various options for the project, he said.
The study would look at the possibility of improving 26 miles of I-10 between Loop 202 and State Route 387 across the Gila River Indian Community. Included would be widening to three lanes and improvements to the northern part that already has three lanes on each side. It would be the final section of I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson to be widened to three lanes.
The I-10 bridges over the Gila River would be broken out as a separate project, Byers said. Those bridges need to be replaced regardless of whether I-10 is widened or not.
Councilman Dick Powell asked if ADOT was considering adding frontage roads and overpasses so that farmers who have land on both sides of the highway would have access to their property.
Byers said ADOT was looking at that as part of its public comment period, but there was very little easement on either side of the highway in some areas to accommodate frontage roads and overpasses.
He also pointed out that the majority of the project is on the Gila River Indian Community and would require approval and possibly leasing land from the GRIC for those additions to the project.
The council also:
- Swore in four new police officers.
- Watched as Casa Grande Fire Chief Scott Miller was presented with the Arizona Fire Chief Association’s Fire Chief of the Year Award.
- Accepted a $78,000 bid for illuminated street signs from Fluoresco Services.
- Accepted a $260,000 bid for soil for the city landfill from Rummel Construction.
- Approved the final adoption of a lease agreement between the city and the Pinal County Veterans Memorial Foundation for a veterans memorial at Ed Hooper Rodeo Park.
- Approved the final adoption of a donation of an old fire pumper truck to the Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology.
- Approved a revised final master plat for Villago Phase 2.
- Approved street closures for the Electric Light Parade and Winter Wonderland special events on Dec. 7.