Downtown Scottsdale road construction will quiet down a bit as crews near the end of a $4.8 million water infrastructure upgrade project — and so will the roads themselves.
When crews finish installing a 24-inch water main on Thomas Road later this month, they will begin applying rubberized asphalt to all other areas where they placed new water lines since the project began about 10 months ago, said Vivek Galav, the project manager.
Galav said the composition of the rubberized asphalt is such that crews had to wait until summer when temperatures are higher before they could apply the rubberized asphalt.
Unlike common pavement material, rubberized asphalt reduces traffic noise and provides a smoother ride for motorists, Galav said.
In August, the city began installing water lines first along a portion of Indian School Road, followed by lines along portions of Goldwater Boulevard, Highland Avenue, 68th Street, and Thomas Road between Scottsdale Road and 68th Street.
Traffic during construction has been reduced to one lane in both directions on Thomas Road and will remain that way until the end of this month.
Water demand in the downtown area currently stands at approximately 3,800 gallons per minute and in the coming years it is expected to reach 5,800, said David Mansfield, the city’s water resources general manager.
The new water lines, he said, will add a capacity of 2,000 gallons per minute to the downtown region, meaning the city’s water system will now be able to deliver the needed 5,800.
“We’ve been fortunate that our downtown continues to be a place where residents want to live and work and shop,” said city spokesman Mike Phillips.
“Due to that desirability, we need to evolve our infrastructure too.
Almost $1.4 billion in public and private dollars in recent years have been invested toward revitalizing the downtown area. As part of that revitalization, more than 2,000 condominiums under construction will soon be finished.