The Arizona Department of Transportation and Maricopa Association of Governments will look into engineering options and cost estimates to create an interchange at Loop 202 and Lindsay Road, Gilbert, during the 18-month study, which can then be used during discussions with Gilbert officials on timing and funding, ADOT spokesman Doug Nintzel said.
The interchange is not included in the Maricopa Association of Governments 20-year regional transportation plan, but Gilbert requested that such a project be considered, Nintzel said.
Gilbert’s stretch of Loop 202 opened in 2006, entering from Chandler at Gilbert Road and extending east to Power Road before turning north through Mesa.
Although much of the land along Lindsay Road on either side of Loop 202 is undeveloped, the landscape is changing rapidly with the arrival of new neighborhoods and business parks, creating an even greater need for the interchange as more traffic flocks to already-crowded roadways.
Area projects include:
- Nationwide Realty, Rivulon mixed use. 3.1MSF office, 500KSF retail, 250 hotel rooms
- LA Fitness and first Rivulon buildings approved with $35M incentive for total project
- Copperleaf subdivision, Lindsay and Germann roads
It remains unclear how Gilbert might pay for the interchange, although options could include using system-development fees, which are paid by developers for growth-related costs such as streets and water infrastructure. Town officials can also issue general-obligation bonds to pay for new roads, and the debt is repaid through a secondary property-tax levy.
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