Widening of Rittenhouse, Riggs to 213th St. begins


The widening of Rittenhouse Road, from Riggs Road to 213th Street, has begun, with officials recently participating in a groundbreaking ceremony.

From extending Riggs Road to widening Ellsworth Road, the Town of Queen Creek is committed to safe and efficient transportation, according to a release.

“This roadway serves as an important arterial, it is one of the major connections to both San Tan Valley and Gilbert,” Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney said at the groundbreaking ceremony on Nov. 13, according to the release. “In 2015, we celebrated the widening of the northern portion of this roadway, and today we are excited to celebrate the widening of the southern portion. We know road construction can be inconvenient, but it is necessary to provide better roads ahead. Thank you for your patience as we continue to improve transportation.”

The project, anticipated to be complete in early 2021, includes two lanes in each direction, right-turn lanes at intersections, bike lanes, intersection upgrades --- including realigning the Cloud Road intersection, utility upgrades and widening over the spur crossing north of Riggs Road.

The current improvements were designed by Kimley-Horn with construction being completed by DCS Contracting, the release states.

While Rittenhouse Road is being improved, the town will also be initiating a project to widen the bridge over the Queen Creek Wash. The roadway and bridge are being completed as two projects to increase efficiencies and reducing the impact to motorists while maintaining costs.

The Rittenhouse Road project is just one of the improvements in the  town’s infrastructure improvement plan. The Town Council-approved IIP identifies $195 million in roadway needs, adding 91 new lane miles through 41 projects. Projects within the IIP are prioritized based on safety, traffic volume and availability of alternate routes.

The recently completed Riggs Road extension can be used during construction as an alternate route.

As roadway improvements continue, please slow down, allow extra time for travel and be courteous of motorists and work crews. To receive weekly traffic alerts, sign up for eNotifications on the town’s website, at queencreek.org/what-s-new/sign-up-for-e-news.

For more information about the town’s capital improvement program visit QueenCreek.org/BetterRoadsAhead.  To stay updated on news and events follow the Town on Facebook.com/QueenCreek and Twitter.com/TownofQC.