Lemmon Drive – Q&A

Question: Where will the new roadway alignment be?

Answer: This project will realign a portion of Lemmon Drive from its existing location further west and place it over the natural berm near Swan Lake. The shift will begin just north of the Deodar Way/Lemmon Drive intersection to the intersection of Pompe Way/Lemmon Drive.

Question: Will this project help mitigate flooding?

Answer: This project will provide transportation resiliency for the community, but will not have an impact on flooding. The realigned roadway will be elevated above the FEMA 100-year floodplain elevation. Large culverts will be located beneath the elevated roadway providing equalization between Swan Lake and the new retention basins to the east of the new alignment. 

Question: How many lanes of traffic will the project have?

Answer: When it’s complete, Lemmon Drive will have two lanes of traffic, one in each direction, north of Palace Drive. Lemmon Drive between Fleetwood and Ramsey will increase to two in each direction to improve traffic operations. 

Question: What happens to the existing road?

Answer: As we are in the preliminary design phase, discussions on what will happen with the old roadway are ongoing. Most likely, it will be removed as the new roadway will connect to existing neighborhood roads in the area. Another option is that it could remain and become a frontage road. This will be decided as we move through the design process. 

Question: What happens to the space between the current road and the new alignment?

Answer: That area will be used for volumetric earthwork mitigation and to create basins for water storage. When the project is built up, we will need to account for the space that used to hold water, so the basins will ensure that there is a place for water to go. 

Question: Will there be traffic impacts when construction begins?

Answer: This project is not anticipated to have a significant impact on traffic in the community because most of the construction will take place away from the existing Lemmon Drive alignment.

Question: Will there be a multi-use path?

Answer: Yes, in addition to the roadway, there will be a multi-use path built as part of the project that can be used for walking or biking. All modes of non-vehicular traffic can use the path.  

Question: Will construction impact Lemmon Valley Elementary School?

Answer: RTC will work with our contractor to ensure the safety of students during the construction process.