On Monday, July 22, the portion of 1st Avenue that extends east from Oracle Road will be permanently closed. After the closure, motorists driving to and from the La Reserve residential area will use La Reserve Drive exclusively.
To prepare motorists for the impending changes, electronic message boards will be placed in the closure area beginning July 8.
Once the roadway is closed, the Arizona Department of Transportation will monitor the intersection of Oracle Road and La Reserve to ensure efficient flow of traffic. This includes adjusting the existing traffic signal timing as needed.
The 1st Avenue extension lies on private property within a temporary easement, and closure has always been part of the long-term plan for the area. The private property, referred to as San Dorado, is in the planning stages for development by Kitchell Development Company.
The closure entails the removal of the road that currently connects Oracle Road to La Reserve Drive. A new roadway will be constructed within the San Dorado development to serve future businesses and residents.