Scottsdale OKs Pima Road Bridge widening project across Arizona Canal

(graphic by city of Scottsdale)

Scottsdale City Council has approved a contract for construction services worth more than $2 million for Pima Road Bridge widening over the Arizona Canal.

The construction manager at-risk construction phase services contract with FNF Construction Inc., in the amount of $2,441,093.46, for the bridge widening as part of the Pima Road, Krail to Chaparral project.

The council also approved a resolution authorizing the city to enter into a contract with Salt River Project to license an area across the Arizona Canal for an existing pedestrian bridge, existing vehicular bridge and widening of the existing vehicular bridge.

City Council unanimously approved the authorizations on consent, Nov. 13, at City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

The Pima Road, Krail to Chaparral project will construct a new two-lane bridge over the Arizona Canal, providing the ultimate roadway cross-section over the canal at this location, a city staff report states. The remainder of the roadway will be constructed as a part of the Pima Road, Krail to Chaparral project that is funded in the fiscal year 2018-19 Capital Improvement Program.

Scottsdale City Hall is at 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. in the heart of Old Town. (Independent Newsmedia/Arianna Grainey)

On July 1, 2014, the City Council authorized an intergovernmental agreement between Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and the city of Scottsdale, related to the joint participation and funding of improvement work to be performed on Pima Road from the McDowell Road intersection to the north boundary of the SRPMIC and Scottsdale, just north of the 90th Street/Pima Freeway traffic interchange.

On July 2, City Council authorized a CMAR pre-construction phase services contract with FNF Construction, Inc. for the combined preconstruction services for the 68th Street Bridge and Pima Road Bridge over the Arizona Canal, the city staff report states.

Staff combined these efforts due to the similarity of scope and it provided an ability to utilize the SRP canal dry-up scheduled for this winter.

The next proposed canal dry-up is in approximately 10 years, the staff report states. The contract will take advantage of the January 2019 dry-up of the canal, which allows the bridge to be constructed now, which is considerably less expensive than constructing the bridge while the canal is flowing.

The contract award is for services related to only the portion of this project related to the Pima Road bridge at the canal; council previously approved a separate CMAR contract for the 68th Street bridge in October.

The vehicular bridge was originally installed in 1968, the staff report states, adding that the pedestrian bridge was installed sometime in early 2000.

The city and SRP have not located a formal land use right for the existing facilities and therefore a new proposed land use license was included with the action. The term of the license is for a period of 25 years.

Reimbursement from the SRPMIC is anticipated pending approval of a design and construction IGA, which will be brought to council for approval in spring 2019, along with the design contract for engineering services to complete the roadway improvements.

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