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Posted: Monday, December 17, 2007 10:47 pm | Updated: 6:46 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Gilbert plans to straighten out problems left over from when it closed Rittenhouse Road last year.

The town eliminated its stretch of the diagonal road in May 2006.

The closure also threw off the alignment of Pecos Road where it intersects with Power Road in east Gilbert.

Now town officials say a planned overhaul of the intersection will realign Pecos Road and widen Power Road to six lanes.

“Basically, the whole intersection is going to be put back to its original alignment,” town spokesman Greg Svelund said.

Currently, Pecos Road connects with Power Road in two different spots. Those points are about one-eighth of a mile apart.

Construction on the $3.3 million project is scheduled to start in spring 2008 and should be completed by the end of the year, Svelund said.

The project will force restrictions in the area, but shouldn’t require closures, Svelund said.

Power Road is a major connection to the Loop 202 Santan Freeway and U.S. 60 for area drivers.

Gilbert abandoned its section of Rittenhouse Road because of the difficulty and cost of maintaining a diagonal road.

The improved intersection will also be engineered to allow northbound and southbound traffic to turn left onto Pecos Road without having to cross the railroad tracks, which will run diagonally through the intersection.

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