At the request of town officials, two regional planning agencies will look into the feasibility of a freeway interchange at Lindsay Road and Loop 202 in Gilbert.
With rush hour congestion already an issue on the Gilbert Road and Val Vista Drive ramps, and projected future development in the area, Gilbert first approached the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) and then the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) about adding on and off ramps at Lindsay Road.
“We know as a town we’re going to need this in the future,” said Kyle Mieras, director of Gilbert Development Services. “The sooner the interchange can be constructed and opened, the sooner additional access points are created and more traffic congestion can be relieved.”
Mieras pointed to the planned 4 million-square-foot development, Rivulon, north of the 202 between Gilbert and Lindsay roads and the Copperleaf subdivision under construction near the southeastern corner of Lindsay and Germann roads as proof of the coming need.
Construction of a four-story office building and an LA Fitness gym is expected to begin this year at Rivulon, which will feature 3.1 million square feet of office space, 500,00 square feet of retail, and up to 250 hotel rooms.
An interchange at Lindsay and the 202 does not currently exist in the MAG 20-year regional transportation plan. But MAG is planning an initial “scoping” of Gilbert’s proposal, ADOT spokesman Doug Nintzel said. Depending on those results, MAG and ADOT will conduct an 18-month engineering and cost survey of the project.
Even if the survey comes back favorably, it is unclear at this time how quickly an interchange could be constructed.
And then there is the question of funds. There haven’t been any formal discussions on how to pay for an interchange, Mieras said, nor is it clear at this time which entity or entities would be responsible for the costs.
“We just know it is in our best interest for it to happen,” Mieras said.
Everything else, at this point, hinges on the scope and survey results.
Gilbert’s stretch of Loop 202 opened in 2006 and runs from Gilbert Road east to Power Road, where it turns north to Mesa. Any alleviated congestion would benefit Chandler as well, Mieras said.
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