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News and Updates 

Current Status (as of 11/22/21)


Project 1 News

Access to the Phoenxi Mountain Preserve 

Myrtle Tunnel, Myrtle Trail and Myrtle Wash

Myrtle Tunnel is to be reopened on Monday, November 22.

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​

North of Granada Park 

Work on the 66" pipeline continues north of Granada Park; it has moved from Ocotillo Road and is proceeding north on 21st Street toward Glendale Avenue.​ This area of construction is estimated to be complete in early 2022.​ See the project 1 section for more details.

Project 2 News

Work continues on Bell Road from 31st Street to 32nd Street, and minimal traffic controls remain in the area. Related work is underway near the site of the future booster pump station on 31st Street south of Bell Road. The pipeline will continue south on 31st Street to Greenway Road. 

Sections of 31st Street are being closed, one by one for approximately three weeks, as construction proceeds. No on-street parking is permitted in the construction area. 

Work is currently active at 31st Street between Kings Avenue and Paradise Lane.  

Greenway Road to Thunderbird Road

Starting Saturday, November 20, traffic on 32nd Street between Acoma Drive and Thunderbird Road will be directed to the west side (southbound lanes) of 32nd Street while work on the 12" distribution line is being done on the east side.

  • The east side of the the intersection of 32nd Street and Acoma Drive will be closed.

  • The east side of the intersection of 32nd Street and Hearn Road will be closed.

  • The west side of the intersection of 32nd Street and Hearn Road will be open.

Thunderbird Road to Sweetwater Road

Work between Thunderbird Road and Sweetwater Avenue has reached the phase of trench clean-up. Through traffic on Sweetwater Avenue is maintained, but restricted. Traffic on 32nd Street is directed to the west side (southbound lanes). Left turns in the area are restricted. 

Sweetwater Avenue to Cactus Road

Installation of the 66" pipeline continues south of the intersection of 32nd Street and Sweetwater Avenue, working toward Cactus Road. Through traffic on 32nd Street is restricted to one lane in each direction.

The east side of the intersection of 32nd Street and Windrose Drive is closed, and left turns are restricted. ​

Northern Avenue 

Northern Avenue between Cheryl Drive and 26th Street is restricted to local access only while tunneling work is performed under State Route 51/Piestewa Freeway. Freeway access at 32nd Street and 26th Street is maintained.​

See the project 2 section for more details. 

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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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