Construction on SR 347 bridge over train tracks to begin Monday

Mar 23, 2018, 2:29 PM
Screenshot from video on Arizona Department of Transportation....
Screenshot from video on Arizona Department of Transportation.

The train route stops traffic more than 60 times per day on State Route 347 in Maricopa.

This will soon be a problem of the past.

The Arizona Department of Transportation is scheduled to begin the $55 million process of building a bridge over the train tracks on Monday.

It will begin clearing vacant homes along the Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway, according to a press release.

There is not expected to be major traffic restrictions, but the ADOT release warns to use caution when driving through the work zone.

Construction is projected to be finished by late 2019.

More than 31,000 vehicles take this route each day, with the amount of traffic estimated to increase to 60,000 over the next 22 years, according to the release.

Part of the expenses will be covered by a $15 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant, according to the release. $14 million will be paid for by Maricopa.

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Construction on SR 347 bridge over train tracks to begin Monday