The Northern Parkway Program includes the scoping, design and construction of a 12.5-mile regional transportation facility that extends from Loop 303 to Grand Avenue (US 60). The Northern Parkway Program is a multi-agency project led by Maricopa County in partnership with the City of El Mirage, City of Glendale, the City of Peoria, and the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG). When completed, Northern Parkway will be a high capacity, limited access roadway carrying traffic volumes of 70,000 vehicles per day.
An overview of the $600 million program will be provided. The Northern Parkway Program scoping efforts were completed in 2010. Nearly half of the corridor has been built or is under construction. In recent years, the project partners revisited the scoping efforts for the remaining half to update and adapt the program to evolving development patterns and economics.
The remaining half of the Northern Parkway Program is in various stages of design. A discussion will be conducted on complex design features found in high-volume, developed urban corridors. These include increasing capacity, access management, new development, active transportation, safety, and working with parties who have differing property rights. The presentation will focus on the segment between 99th Avenue and Grand Avenue which encompasses two traffic interchanges; a new casino; a high school; a railroad; commercial, residential and industrial areas; and serves special event traffic for State Farm Stadium and Luke Days. It will touch on design considerations that incorporate principles of performance based practical design.
The entire project is a consensus driven process. The project partners all have made significant investments in the Northern Parkway Program. All design and construction decisions are made in concurrence with the project partners. Northern Parkway straddles jurisdictional boundaries, requiring ownership and maintenance agreements. The session will discuss successes and best practices in partnering and maintaining consensus for the complex corridor throughout the process.