West Route 66 will be getting an additional set of stoplights at the intersection of Route 66 and West Riordan Road as part of the high occupancy housing development being built on the northwest side of the highway.
A traffic impact analysis conducted by the Arizona Department of Transportation required the developer to install the additional improvements to the intersection.
The development, called The Standard, is being built by Landmark Properties and is slated to be completed by fall of 2019, according to a spokesperson for the developer. The road improvements, which started in June, are expected to be completed by the end of this month.
But these improvements are more than just additional traffic signals at the intersection. City spokesperson Jessica Drum said the developer has also had to regrade portions of the street to comply with the city’s requirements for such intersections.
“The developers will be constructing right-turn lanes for access into their properties as well as a traffic signal at Riordan Road, a pedestrian crossing at Black Bird Roost Street, and the widening of a section of West Route 66 between Pinnacle Street and Woodlands Village Boulevard,” said ADOT spokesperson Ryan Harding. “Some developers are also contributing funds for future improvements along that stretch of road when they become necessary.”
Other than these road improvements, Harding said, ADOT has few other plans to improve West Route 66 in the short term. Nonetheless, Harding said the agency will continue to work with the community to address traffic concerns in the area and future developers will likely continue to be required to make road improvements.
When it is finished, The Standard’s parking garage is planned to hold approximately 660 parking spaces in the garage. This is to survey 301 apartments or 852 beds, said the Landmark spokesperson.
When the development is completed, the apartments will also wrap themselves around the parking garage, for the most part concealing the concrete structure.