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News and Updates 

Current Status (as of 5/20/22)

Project 1 News​

Granada Park

Landscape restoration activities continue along the east edge if Granada Park.  

​Aurelius Avenue

The roadway is scheduled to be paved May 20, and then reopend to normal traffic


View the map below for more details. 

Map of pipeline work on 21st Street north of Glendale Ave

Myrtle Avenue

Manhole Installation on Myrtle Avenue between 20th and 22nd Street has begun Fence installation at Madison Heights Elementary School will take place during the school's summer break.  

Orangewood Avenue

Installation of the 66" pipeline along the Perl Charles Memorial Trail (#1A) in the area of 20th Street between Gardenia Avenue and Orangewood Avenue is expected to continue through late June. Please watch for road closures and heavy equipment in the area. See map below. 

map of Orangewood Ave construction

Access to the Phoenix Mountain Preserve 

Work along Perl Charles Memorial Trail

Perl Charles Memorial Trail (#1A) remains closed as construction of the 66" pipeline continues.

To reach the 22nd Street trailhead, go:

  • north on 20th Street

  • east on State Avenue

  • north on 22nd Street

Other open routes within the Phoenix Mountains Preserve:

  • 32nd Street trail

  • 40th Street trail

  • ​Mesquite trail

  • Quartz Ridge trail​

  • Piestewa Peak Park​​

  • Trail 100​​


Project 2 News

Greenway Road to Thunderbird Road

Paving on 32nd Street between Greenway Lane and Greenway Road has been completed, and the streets have reopened to normal traffic. 

Installation of the 66" pipeline continues on 32nd Street south of Greenway Road, and is currently active between Nisbet Road and Marilyn Road. Starting May 24:
  • The east side of the intersection of 32nd Street and Marilyn Road will be closed.  
  • Northbound and southbound traffic will be directed to the west side of 32nd Street. 

Cactus Road to Cholla Street

Pipeline installation continues on 32nd Street south of Cactus Road, proceeding south toward Cholla Street. Through traffic is maintained on 32nd Street, but restricted to one lane in each direction. Work is currently active in front of the 32 North development, and is expected to reach the north driveway of BASIS Phoenix Primary on Saturday, May 21.

BASIS Phoenix Primary Access

Drought Pipeline work along 32nd Street is scheduled to reach BASIS Phoenix Primary on Saturday, May 21, crossing the north driveway first. During the week of May 23, please watch for updated signage at school access points.

Throughout the spring semester, student drop-off and pick-up has been moved to 31st Street, using the following route:

From Cactus Road, proceed south on 30th Street. 
From Shea Boulevard, proceed north on 30th Street. 
Then continue:
  • East on Sunnyside Drive
  • North on 31st Street
  • Pick up on east side of 31st Street
  • Exit north to Cactus Road on 31st Street
This traffic pattern will remain in effect through May 26, when the semester ends.

Shea Boulevard 

Paving at 32nd Street and Shea Boulevard eastbound/westbound has been completed, and the street has reopened to normal traffic. Underground work in the area is expected to conclude in late June.

Northern Avenue 

Tunneling operations continue for the 66" pipeline south of State Route 51/Piestewa Freeway in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Through May 31, work will be conducted 24 hours a day. 

  • Northern Avenue is closed east of 26th Street. 

  • Northern Avenue between Cheryl Drive and 26th Street is restricted to local access (no through traffic).

  • Freeway access at 32nd Street and 26th Street is maintained.​

Pipe installation has begun, with Northern Avenue now closed at the pedestrian bridge over State Route 51. There is no change to the current traffic access/controls north of the bridge.

See the project 2 section for more details. ​

Project 4 News​

Deer Valley Road Detour and Central Avenue work - Updated 4/5/2022​​(PDF) 

Drought Pipeline Project Mobile App Has Launched!

Drought Pipeline Project Mobile App Graphic

Apple App Store link to download Drought Pipeline AppGoogle Play App Store link to download Drought Pipeline App

We Welcome Questions and Comments!

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Project Overview

The Drought Pipeline Project is essential to the economic health and vitality of Phoenix.  This project will ensure all residents have access to safe, reliable, clean drinking water during future times of shortage on the Colorado River.​

As part of this project, the city will update and replace existing infrastructure and install new infrastructure needed to serve all customers, no matter where they live or work in the city's service territory. Learn more about why this project is needed.​ ​

Which Drought Pipeline Project Do You Want to Learn More About 

​In the map below, select the project bounded by the red box that you are interested to learn more​.

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