By Robert Roy Britt — Resurfacing of streets in Anthem slated to start Tuesday, March 14 will force several days of lane restrictions, primarily on Anthem Way, Gavilan Peak Parkway, Daisy Mountain Drive and Meridian Drive. Maricopa County Department of Transportation officials anticipate a smoother operation compared to the extended process that took place on Anthem streets last spring.
Removal of striping began this week. The roads will be coated with a slurry of oil and asphalt that helps the underlying asphalt hold together and last longer, said MCDOT spokesperson Nicole Moon. It’s like adding water to dried-out Play-Doh, Moon explained, “so it doesn’t get all dry and crackly.”
Similar work last spring sometimes left roads unstriped for extended periods. This year a tighter schedule is planned, Moon told In&Out. The slurry must dry 72 hours before restriping can start, but contractors should not wait until all the roads are resurfaced to begin striping, she said. A different subcontractor has been hired to handle the restriping this year, and was given strict guidelines on timing.
“We don’t want to repeat what happened last year, which was not good,” Moon said.
The resurfacing will not be repeated on roadways that were resurfaced last year, she said. “We are applying it to a different set of roadways.”
The resurfacing is expected to continue through April 4. Work is scheduled for weekdays only, and “will not interfere with major events … such as the Daisy Mountain half-marathon/Emma’s Run or Anthem Days,” according to a statement from Anthem Community Council.
MCDOT did not put a firm end date on the project, however. “There are many factors, including weather and equipment/crew availability, that affect how long a road construction project will take to complete,” Moon said.
This chart shows planned dates for resurfacing (it does not include timing of restriping or total time lanes may be closed for drying). Times are subject to change. Note: Sim Lane is in the Anthem Panhandle, connecting Gavilan Peak Parkway to Red Tail Lane.
|March 14||Anthem Way||Daisy Mountain Drive||I-17||Westbound, Outside|
|March 14||Anthem Way||I-17||Anthem Club Drive||Eastbound, Outside|
|March 15||Anthem Way||Anthem Club Drive||Daisy Mountain Drive||Eastbound, Outside|
|March 15||Anthem Way||Daisy Mountain Drive||Freedom Way||Westbound, Inside|
|March 16||Anthem Way||Freedom Way||I-17||Westbound, Inside|
|March 16||Anthem Way||I-17||Daisy Mountain Drive||Eastbound, Inside|
|March 17||Anthem Way||Daisy Mountain Drive||I-17||Westbound, Inside|
|March 17||Meridian Drive||Daisy Mountain Drive||Not specified||Eastbound, Outside|
|March 20||Meridian Drive||Not specified||Daisy Mountain Drive||Westbound, Outside|
|March 20||Gavilan Peak Parkway||North Valley Parkway||Pioneer Road||Southbound, Outside|
|March 20||Pioneer Road||Gavilan Peak Parkway||I-17||West/Eastbound, Outside|
|March 21||Meridian Drive||Daisy Mountain Drive||Not specified||Eastbound, Inside|
|March 21||Meridian Drive||Not specified||Daisy Mountain Drive||Westbound, Inside|
|March 21||Pioneer Road||Gavilan Peak Parkway||I-17||West/Eastbound, Inside|
|March 21||Gavilan Peak Parkway||Pioneer Road||Sim Lane||Southbound, Outside|
|March 22||Gavilan Peak Parkway||Sim Lane||Daisy Mountain Drive||Southbound, Outside|
|March 22||Gavilan Peak Parkway||Daisy Mountain Drive||End center island||Northbound, Outside|
|March 23||Gavilan Peak Parkway||End center island||North Valley Parkway||Northbound, Outside|
|March 23||Gavilan Peak Parkway||North Valley Parkway||Pioneer Road||Southbound, Inside|
|March 24||Gavilan Peak Parkway||Pioneer Road||Sim Lane||Southbound, Inside|
|March 24||Gavilan Peak Parkway||Sim Lane||North Valley Parkway||Center Lane|
|March 27||Gavilan Peak Parkway||North Valley Parkway||Sim Lane||Center Lane|
|March 27||Gavilan Peak Parkway||Sim Lane||North Valley Parkway||Center Lane|
|March 28||Gavilan Peak Parkway||North Valley Parkway||Sim Lane||Center Lane|
|March 28||Gavilan Peak Parkway||Daisy Mountain Drive||Sim Lane||Southbound, Inside|
|March 28||Gavilan Peak Parkway||Sim Lane||Daisy Mountain Drive||Northbound, Inside|
|March 29||Daisy Mountain Drive||Anthem Way||I-17||Eastbound, Outside|
|March 29||Daisy Mountain Drive||I-17||Meridian Drive||Westbound, Outside|
|March 30||Daisy Mountain Drive||Meridian Drive||Anthem Way||Westbound, Outside|
|March 30||Daisy Mountain Drive||Anthem Way||Meridian Drive||Eastbound, Inside|
|March 31||Daisy Mountain Drive||Meridian Drive||I-17||Eastbound, Inside|
|April 3||Daisy Mountain Drive||Meridian Drive||I-17||Eastbound, Inside|
|April 3||Daisy Mountain Drive||I-17||Meridian Drive||Westbound, Inside|
|April 4||Daisy Mountain Drive||Meridian Drive||Anthem Way||Westbound, Inside|