Gilbert Road Bridge Update, May 28, 2024

The original Gilbert Road Bridge is being demolished and removed as part of the project construction. Courtesy of Maricopa Department of Transportation

Submitted by Maricopa County Department of Transportation

The Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) continues on an accelerated schedule on the Gilbert Road Bridge with a goal of reopening two lanes of travel over the Salt River in summer 2024.

Current work includes demolition of the original southbound bridge and laying new asphalt connecting travel from State Route 87 (Beeline Highway) to the new bridge and Thomas Road in Mesa. Following Memorial Day, paving will be underway near the Thomas Road intersection along with installation of a bridge median to separate traffic. In addition, a pedestrian walkway is being installed on the west side of the bridge.

Recent milestones achieved earlier this year include drilling 22 shafts for the bridge piers and pouring the new bridge deck. Enhanced structural protection at both ends of the bridge was added to guard the new structure from future flooding events. The project also includes the installation of a new storm drain and a new 36″ waterline as part of SRP’s water delivery system.

As with construction projects, weather issues can change construction activities and schedules. MCDOT will continue to monitor storm systems and coordinate with SRP for potential water releases through the completion of the project. The weather in 2024 thus far has allowed construction to continue productively and MCDOT is optimistic that the bridge will have two lanes open for travel in summer 2024.

When compared side-by-side, the width of the new bridge is at least double of the original and will provide for additional lanes of travel. Viewpoint looking south towards Mesa. Courtesy of Maricopa Department of Transportation

While the project is close to providing access over Salt River, it is still an active construction zone with heavy moving equipment. The public cannot access or view the project within the construction zone for safety reasons. No unauthorized travel is permitted in the project area. MCDOT is committed to public safety and providing connections to serve the traveling public. The public’s patience and cooperation is appreciated while MCDOT completes the Gilbert Road Bridge project.

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