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Sonoran Desert Drive

This high-profile City of Phoenix Sonoran Desert Drive project was undertaken to connect the Loop 303/I-17 interchange and North Valley Parkway. This project was a huge necessity for this area in Phoenix because all existing roadways were susceptible to flooding during the monsoon season. The project included design and construction of one mile of new six-lane arterial roadway, a 600-foot-long bridge over Skunk Creek, on- and off-site drainage improvements, environmental clearances, permits, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Conditional Letter of Map Revision (CLOMR)/Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) approvals, and utility clearances. Extensive public outreach was conducted during this project's development, including a solutions-based forum comprised of community members, parcel and development owners, and municipal stakeholders. Hunter Contracting Co. and Kimley-Horn delivered this project on a highly expedited schedule.

City of Phoenix
May 2017
Delivery Method:
Design Engineer:
  • 3-barrel box culvert in a smaller wash located to the east
  • 5-span concrete girder bridge over Skunk Creek Wash
  • 6-lane road connecting I-17 to North Valley Parkway
  • Asphalt paving
  • Curb and gutter
  • Drainage improvements
  • Intersection at Sonoran Desert Drive and North Valley Parkway (new)
  • Landscaping
  • PCCP paving
  • Right-of-way and easement acquisition
  • Sidewalk
  • Street lighting
  • Utility coordination and design