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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​.

Drought Pipeline Project Location spotting map PROJECT 4PROJECT 3PROJECT 2PROJECT 1  

News and Updates 

Current Status (as of 8/5/22)

Project 1 News​

20th Street Wall Public Art Project 

A virtual public meeting was held on June 22 to discuss this project. Watch the meeting here.

Orangewood Avenue

Installation of the 66" pipeline along 20th Street between State Avenue and Orangewood Avenue has been completed. Pressure-testing this section of the pipeline has begun, and will continue for about one week.

The intersection of 20th Street and Orangewood Avenue is closed, but passable for local traffic. Restoration efforts on 20th Street between Myrtle Wash and Orangewood Avenue is ongoing. Please continue to be aware of activity and the presence of heavy equipment nearby.

Future work in the area will include: 

  • Connection of northern and southern sections of pipeline

  • Arizona Department of Transportation wall repair

  • Tie-in of 48" pipeline at 20th and State streets

See map below of the referenced project area. 

Map of Project 1 showing tie-in location

Ocotillo Road 

Restoration of the speed bumps on Ocotillo Road between 21st and 22nd streets is scheduled for August 5 and 6. The following traffic issues are as follows: 

  • One-way traffic will be maintained on Ocotillo Road, while Lawrence Road and 21st Street will provide alternate access.
  • Residential access will be maintained.

  • Crews will assist with traffic control.

After the material is placed, please do not drive on it until cones or barricades have been removed. If it rains on the days when work is scheduled, the work will move to the following day(s).

Access to the Phoenix Mountain Preserve 

Work along Perl Charles Memorial Trail

The Dreamy Draw bike path is scheduled to be completed and opened in late 2022. Dreamy Draw Recreation Area and its facilities are looking toward an early-2023 reopening. 

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

Progress Report Map for Project 2 - See how much has been completed (as of 7/1/22) ​

Greenway Road to Thunderbird Road

While Installation of the 66" pipeline continues on 32nd Street south of Acoma Drive: 

  • Crews are working to maintain a dedicated southbound lane for student pick-up and drop-off at Great Hearts North Phoenix Preparatory Acedemy.

  • The east side of the intersection of 32nd Street and Acoma Drive is closed, and northbound and southbound traffic is directed to the west side of 32nd Street.

  • As construction moves south on 32nd Street to Hearn Road and Friess Drive, the east side of those intersections will be closed (one at a time, not simultaneously).​

Thunderbird Road to Sweetwater Avenue 

Deep well drilling is underway on the east side of 32nd Street between Pershing Avenue and Roveen Avenue, and is expected to take two weeks. Accordingly:

  • Between Pershing and Roveen avenues, 32nd Street traffic is restricted during working hours (6 am-4 pm weekdays), and sidewalks will be closed to pedestrians.

  • Two-way vehicular traffic is maintained.

Cholla Street

Installation of the 66" pipeline south of the intersection of 32nd Street and Cholla Street continues, and is currently active between Cholla Street and Shangri La Road. ​Work will proceed south toward Shea Boulevard. Additional details include:

  • Through traffic will be maintained on 32nd Street, but will be restricted to one lane in each direction. Left turns will be restricted.

  • Access will be maintained to residences on the 32nd Street frontage road and on Shangri La Road.

  • As construction moves south on 32nd Street to Desert Cove Avenue, the west side of that intersection will be closed.

  • Left turns are restricted at Shea Boulevard.  

  • Sewer relocation work is continuing toward Yucca Street.

Shea Boulevard 

Due to work at 32nd Street and Shea Boulevard, traffic on 32nd Street is restricted to one lane northbound and one lane southbound on the east side of the street. 

Northern Avenue 

Work continues on the 66" pipeline on Northern Avenue adjacent to State Route 51/Piestewa Freeway.  

  • Work is active on Northern Avenue between 26th Street and 32nd Street. 

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

  • During work hours, access to businesses on Northern Avenue west of 30th Street is maintained with personnel and signage; during non-work hours, access is indicated by temporary traffic signals. 

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

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!

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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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Note when you submit an email it falls under the city's policy which states that the email message is: (1) subject to public disclosure under the Public Records Law, (2) is not private or confidential and (3) is retained for 90 days. ​

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​.

Drought Pipeline Project Location spotting map PROJECT 4PROJECT 3PROJECT 2PROJECT 1