San Tan Valley has grown in population,but the roads were not built for congestion. As construction workers frantically design and build the infrastructure to safely fit the growing community, traffic buildup has become a burden for many.
The construction has been a huge setback for an abundant amount of people in the San Tan Valley area. This work being done has led to traffic buildup. There may be times where you are sitting in traffic for an hour. This has caused a multitude of people to be late for work, school, and activities. Traffic has also angered some, wishing the roads would’ve been built with a booming community in mind.
Samantha Sabbara, a junior, states that she’s “been late to class a few times”. At one point, her normal twenty minute bus ride became an hour long. She now endures what many residents of San Tan Valley have to tackle everyday. The most bothersome part of the construction is that “it never seems to end.” Sabbara goes on to tell about how once one project ends, another one begins. She strongly believes that there should be some sort of separation between the projects.
Elaina Adams, a sophomore, talks of how it takes thirty minutes to get from her home to Poston Butte. She absolutely hates the traffic that the construction causes. Adams states “it’s just a waste of time.” The traffic she says is very “stop and go.” The overcrowded roads have made her five to ten minutes late to school before and almost late to her swim banquet. Adams suggests to take the backroads, like Arizona Farms, to try to avoid traffic.
Mr. Phillips, a teacher, says the roads have a secondary impact on him. He comes from the North and West where construction is close to nothing. He has students that come in late or complain about being late. He’s never been late and tells of how the construction doesn’t directly affect him. His advice to others is to “accept the fact that it exists”. If you need to leave earlier than usual to give yourself that time or go through neighborhoods then you should do so.
Construction and traffic have become a part of this community for a while and no one knows when it’ll be done. All anyone can do is be prepared and ready for whatever comes this way.