Construction to widen Ray Road over Interstate 10 is getting mostly
positive reviews from the Kyrene
Corridor businesses nearest to the
The Arizona Department of Transportation’s $7 million project to
add lanes on Ray Road and improve
freeway on- and off-ramps has not
yet hurt most of the businesses
surveyed by The Wrangler News.
“Not that I know of. No complaints,” said Jennifer Allen,
manager of Ann Taylor in Casa Paloma,
one of the Ray Road shopping areas
closest to the I-10 interchange.
Most of the other area businesses seem to agree.
office administrator of Coffin and
Trout Fine Jewelers in Casa Paloma,
said she has seen no impact on
business during construction, which
began in late summer and is
scheduled to conclude by summer
“I go that direction every night and I don’t see any change. They
seem to be getting traffic through
their pretty quickly,” Quinn said.
Even criticism of the Ray Road widening project has been tempered
“Oh yes, it hurts,” said Colleen Wallock, manager of Lamps
Plus, 900 N. 54th St.,
just east of the Ray Road freeway
interchange. “More in November. It
seems to be a little better now, and
once it gets widened, it will be
Several other business people in the Casa Paloma, Chandler Pavilion
and Chandler Gateway West shopping
areas also said the construction is
not yet hurting their business
during the critical holiday shopping
When completed, the Ray Road bridge will have three through lanes
in each direction, dual left turn
lanes, and a right turn lane to
enter I-10. The I-10 exit ramps at
Ray Road will also be widened.
In addition to widening the bridge, ADOT will install new retaining
walls, new traffic signals with a
video detection system, new signing
and striping, and new landscaping.
ADOT has said it will limit construction activities during the
holiday season (Nov. 15 through Jan.
ADOT plans to keep two lanes of Ray Road and freeway ramps open
during peak hours, but may restrict
Ray Road traffic some weeknights and
on weekends during nighttime hours.
All lanes of I-10 will remain open during weekday daytime hours
with the exception of the HOV lanes.
Construction activities will,
however, occasionally close lanes on
I-10 at night while crews work to
widen the Ray Road Bridge, according