Contractor crews working for the city of Avondale are installing a new traffic signal at the intersection of 119th Avenue and McDowell Road. The project was slated to begin Sept. 27; lane restrictions are accommodating the work.

Earlier this year, to address safety concerns related to West Point High School students crossing the road, the city installed a crosswalk with a rectangular rapid flashing beacon while the traffic signal study was underway. This temporary safety feature will be replaced once the permanent traffic signals are installed.

In addition to the installation of the traffic signals, the project includes ADA compliant handicap ramps on all four corners of the intersections. The $750,000 project is intended to improve traffic flow, reduce delay along arterial roadways and improve safety for vehicles and pedestrians.

Eastbound right turn on McDowell Road to 119th Avenue south will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., weekdays Monday to Friday. One westbound lane on McDowell Road to 119th Avenue north will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., weekdays Monday to Friday.

Work is expected to be completed by the end of December. Schedules are subject to change because of weather or other unforeseen factors. Motorists are advised to expect delays and to proceed with caution.

The city is also extending 119th Avenue to Virginia Avenue to facilitate traffic flow related to West Point High School. Construction is expected to begin in early November. 

Last June, the city of Avondale added roadway to Palm Lane, extending the existing path and road between 119th Avenue and 116th Lane. The project included additional sidewalk, completed extension of pavement, as well as lighting features. It also provided a newly paved commuter path to this residential area and to the adjacent Canyon Breeze Elementary School.