MESA, Ariz. — Besides weaving through the traffic barriers and orange cones along Main Street, there aren’t many signs that construction on light rail has picked up in downtown Mesa.
That’s because most of the work, starting this week through summer, will be taking place underground.
“The critical part of a light part of a light rail project is working underground and getting the underground utilities managed,” said Susan Tierney, Valley Metro communications manager.
“That means relocated, sometimes replacing them and upgrading them.”
The construction has forced some traffic restrictions on Main Street, from Alma School Road to Mesa Drive.
“Currently though downtown Mesa we have narrowed travel to one lane in each direction,” Tierney said. “Midway through the summer we’re going to be shifting traffic from the south side of Main Street to the north side.”
While that has some business in the area concerned about a drop in sales, Valley Metro assures that the construction will not limit access to downtown stores.
In addition, construction will be suspended after Sept. 30th, when more tourists visit and the holiday shopping season ramps up.
The project linking downtown Mesa to the rest of the 20-mile light-rail track is expected to be completed in early 2016.
- Migraine myths that keep patients from effective treatments
- Here’s why Gaydos went tankless with his water heater
- 12 things to watch before the Oscars
- Bocce ball and basketball: How you can help Arizona's Special Olympics athletes
- Tips on building the best wine room in Arizona
- Avoid the nightmare: 6 tips to choose a great contractor
- Breast cancer: Improved testing and treatments means more survivors
- Best and worst of Super Bowl commercials
- Failed back surgery: New hope for patients living in pain
- Ticking time bombs: Telltale signs your water heater is about to explode
- Reading glasses could be a thing of the past
- 6 cool ways teachers are using technology in the classroom
- Emerging tech jobs in Phoenix and how to get one in 2017
- 4 top treatments athletes use for pain
- Emergency! What to do when bathrooms flood
- Operation Santa Claus needs holiday help
- This college bowl season is likely to be epic
- Arizona kids in crisis: How you can help
- 11 holiday classics for the ultimate movie marathon
- New treatment offers hope for migraine sufferers
- 11 stadiums to watch your favorite football team
- Shopping for a TV? Best models for 2016
- The new beer pairing guide for holiday foods
- Avoid this holiday plumbing disaster in your home
- 7 tips to avoid holiday weight gain
- New treatments mean better prostate cancer survival rates
- 5 of the scariest things found in drains
- 6 tips to create the best family movie night
- New bone marrow procedure holds promise for healing pain
- Infamous athletes who did the most time for their crimes