Mesa Drive and Southern Avenue Improvements

Project No. 01-817-001


Project Updates


The City of Mesa selected Hunter Contracting Co. as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) for this project. During construction, your contact for Hunter Contracting is Rich O’Brien at (480) 892-0521.

The project is substantially completed with the exception of the installation of two bus shelters and two "Welcome to Mesa" monument signs at Holmes and Mesa Drive.

Project Schedule


Construction on this project began in March 2012 and is substantially completed.

Project Details

This project includes widening Mesa Drive to two lanes northbound and three lanes southbound between Southern Avenue and US 60.  With the exception of northbound Mesa Drive, each leg of the Mesa Drive and Southern Avenue intersection will be widened to include three through lanes, two left turn lanes and a raised median.  Northbound Mesa Drive will have two through lanes, two left turn lanes, and a right turn lane.  The additional third lanes will extend approximately 1,200 feet in each direction from the intersection after which the roadway will transition to the existing two lanes in each direction.








New asphalt pavement, sidewalk improvements, and upgraded street lighting will extend west on Southern Avenue to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, east on Southern Avenue to Horne, south on Mesa Drive to US 60, and north on Mesa Drive to 8th Avenue.  Other improvements will include new traffic signals, two pedestrian signals on Mesa Drive, lighting, landscaping, bus pullouts and shelters, water and gas lines, and new storm drains.  The project will also relocate SRP irrigation facilities and underground Salt River Project (SRP) electric lines.  City of Mesa electric lines in Mesa Drive from 10th Avenue north to 8th Avenue will be underground with City utility funds.  The water, gas, and storm drain improvements will continue north to Broadway Road to connect to recently installed lines.

As part of an enhancements package for this gateway route from US 60 to the downtown area, the Mesa Drive portion of this project will feature enhanced landscaping and hardscape, detached sidewalks, decorative walls, upgraded bus shelters, decorative median columns, and monument signs at the US 60. 


Project Funding


The recommended total award amount for this project is $25,765,150.87 based on a GMP of $24,538,238.92, plus an additional $1,226,911.95 (5% allowance for City requested change orders). Funding is available in the FY 11/12 Streets Capital, Streets Bond, Water Bond, Electric Bond, Gas Bond, and Maricopa Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) funds.