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Here We Go Again

Posted On: March 27th, 2019 8:18PM

We residents of Sun City Festival have endured this before and yet again we will be subjected to the very slow stampede of moving vehicles in and out of town. But, in the end of what seems to be a long slog of a few miles, any of the expected traffic trouble will be well worth it.


Sun Valley Parkway is a stretch of 4-lane roadway coming out of the City of Surprise to Sun City Festival. It’s approximately 11 miles from the Festival entrance to the outskirts of Surprise. Nice drive with Saguaro Cactus and the White Tank Mountains your view. Speed limit is 55 although most drive 60 to 70 miles per hour. In 3 years I’ve never seen a speeder stopped. That speed is going to be reduced for the next 3 months as Maricopa County road crews improve our drive.


Last spring they completed the first leg of the resurfacing resulting in traffic being pinched from 2 lanes in each direction to 1. Sometimes both lanes were closed forcing traffic to the wide shoulders. Speed limits were reduced to 35 and at times it was hard to reach that.


In the end we received a much smoother, quieter road surface. The few months of traffic trouble were worth it. Leaving Sun City Festival heading east to Surprise we find the “old” road surface. Even that surface is not at all bad it just results in some road noise which the new surface eliminates. We reach that new surface about 4 miles in. The change from old to new is quite noticeable. 


The new road resurfacing is just getting under way and will continue through June. So slow down, enjoy the scenery and just. Know that soon you’ll be enjoying the new, smoother, quieter drive between Sun City Festival and the City of Surprise.

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