A stimulus-funded project brought lane restrictions and snarled traffic in Ahwatukee Foothills Friday morning.

Eastbound Ray Road was down to one lane between 50th Street and Ranch Circle during rush hour as a part of the Phoenix Pavement Preservation Project, said Joe Guzman of the city’s Street Transportation Department. The project is federally-funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Guzman said construction workers were lowering the utilities in the road through manholes. The city will tear up the asphalt in the area next week before re-paving.

Construction started at about 8:30 a.m. Friday, bringing traffic to a crawl while many were on their way to work. Guzman said the workers will be out until about 4 p.m. to avoid peak traveling hours.

“We’ve had quite a few calls about the traffic, but, for the most part, people were very understanding,” Guzman said.

Northbound 32nd Street was also closed between Pecos Road and Chandler Boulevard while workers milled the asphalt to make way for paving.

The project secured $21.5 million and is being used on streets throughout Phoenix to replace the asphalt and install sidewalk ramps, according to the city’s website.

Construction for the entire project is expected to be completed by December.

Guzman said residents should check the city’s website weekly for updates on construction at http://phoenix.gov/STREETS/arra.html.


Jolie McCullough is interning this semester for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. She is a senior at Arizona State University.

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