Northern Parkway (Arizona)

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Northern Parkway

Northern Avenue
Northern Parkway highlighted in red, proposed corridor in blue
Route information
Maintained by MCDOT and the cities of El Mirage, Peoria, and Glendale
Length6.0 mi[1] (9.7 km)
6.5 mi (10.46 km) as Northern Avenue (to be future Northern Parkway)
HistoryPartially complete, under construction until 2027[2]
Major junctions
West end Loop 303 in Glendale
Major intersections Loop 101 in Peoria
East end US 60 in Glendale
CountryUnited States
Highway system
Roads in Maricopa County

Northern Parkway is a limited-access road in Maricopa County, Arizona that serves the west part of the Phoenix metropolitan area. Northern Parkway was first opened in December 2013. Northern Parkway currently ends at the Agua Fria River but is planned to extend to the US 60.[3]

Route description

Northern Parkway begins at a trumpet interchange with Loop 303. The parkway heads east for three miles, passing through interchanges at Sarival Avenue, Reems Road, and Litchfield Road.[4] After passing Litchfield Road, it turns southeast and proceeds along the Northern Avenue corridor. Northern Parkway then passes through the Dysart and El Mirage Roads interchanges where frontage roads accompany the parkway for this one-mile segment. East of El Mirage Road, Northern Parkway crosses the Agua Fria River where it temporarily ends. Northern Parkway is planned to replace Northern Avenue heading east from the Agua Fria River to US 60 (Grand Avenue).[3]


Plans to build a limited-access road along the Northern Avenue corridor date back to 2001 when the City of Glendale found a need for a major east-west corridor between Loop 101 and Loop 303. In 2003, the Northern Parkway concept was included in Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) regional transportation plan (RTP). A year later, residents of Maricopa County voted to extend the regional half-cent sales tax for transportation. As part of this initiative, a number of major arterial road projects were funded including Northern Parkway.[5]

In 2008, Maricopa County along with the cities of Glendale, El Mirage, and Peoria approved a design concept report for the project.[5] Roughly 70% of the project's funding will come from the federal funds allocated by MAG while the remainder coming from the four local agencies. Over $315 million has been programmed for Northern Parkway from MAG, roughly half of the projected total cost of the whole project at $615 million.[3]

Phases 1–2

Construction on the four-mile segment between Loop 303 and Dysart Road began in March 2012 and was opened in December 2013. Construction of the overpasses at Reems and Litchfield Roads began in summer 2014 and was completed in January 2015.[4] With the completion of those interchanges, this four-mile segment was converted to freeway standards. The project stalled from 2015–2019 as Maricopa County saw less growth in this region than expected because of the Great Recession.[6]

Construction resumed in early 2019 on the segment between Dysart Road and 111th Avenue. It consisted of constructing the frontage roads between Dysart and El Mirage Roads and building a new bridge above the Agua Fria River.[7] This part was complete in August 2020. The second part of this project was to construct overpasses at Dysart and El Mirage Roads as well as build the parkway between those two roads. Construction began in June 2021 and was completed in September 2022.[2][3]


Phase 3

Phase 3 will be between 2023 and 2027 and the first part will be to finalize the design for this segment. The first major construction will begin in 2025, consisting of widening the Northern Avenue corridor to three lanes in each direction and adding a median between 111th Avenue and 99th Ave. No grade-separated interchanges will be built in this segment due to residential communities. Traffic signals will be placed at the major intersections. Other access points in this segment will be limited to right-in/right-out movements. This is expected to be complete in 2027.[2][8]

The segment between 99th and 91st Avenues will be taken over by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), as Northern Parkway intersects Loop 101. The roadway will be widened to four lanes in each direction along with a new diverging diamond interchange (DDI) with the Loop 101. Traffic signals will also be reconfigured in this section. Construction of this will be between 2025 and 2027.[9][10]

The segment between 91st and Grand Avenues will be widened to three lanes in each direction. There will also be no grade-separated interchanges in this segment until Grand Avenue. Traffic signals will be at the major intersections and other access points will also be limited to right-in/right-out movements. A two-way flyover ramp will be constructed at Grand Avenue to move uninterrupted traffic from westbound Northern Parkway to southeast Grand Avenue and vice versa. This will be the final part of the Northern Parkway project and construction is expected to begin in 2026.[2][11]

When complete, Northern Parkway will be 12.5 miles (20.1 km) in length, stretching from Loop 303 to US 60. Northern Parkway will be an access-controlled freeway for the six-mile segment from Loop 303 through the Agua Fria River. Between the Agua Fria River and US 60, it will be an enhanced arterial street with lights at major intersections.

Major Intersections

The entire route is in Maricopa County.

Western end of freeway
Glendale0.000.00 Loop 303 (Bob Stump Memorial Parkway)Trumpet interchange; exit 110B on Loop 303
0.100.161Sarival AvenueWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
1.101.772Reems Road
3.104.993Litchfield Road
El MirageGlendale line4.206.764Dysart Road
5.208.375El Mirage Road
Agua Fria River5.609.01Bridge; eastern end of freeway (continuation east beyond this point is Northern Avenue but to be Northern Parkway)
PeoriaGlendale line7.2011.59107th AvenueAt-grade intersection
8.2013.2099th AvenueAt-grade intersection
8.5013.68 Loop 101 (Agua Fria Freeway)Access via the current Northern Avenue diamond interchange; exit 8 on Loop 101; planned diverging diamond interchange (DDI) with construction to begin in 2025[10]
9.2014.8191st AvenueAt-grade intersection
10.2016.4283rd AvenueAt-grade intersection
11.2018.0275th AvenueAt-grade intersection
Glendale12.2019.63 US 60 (Grand Avenue) / 67th AvenueAt-grade intersection; planned partial interchange; continuation east as Northern Avenue
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Google (January 16, 2016). "Northern Parkway / Northern Avenue" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 16, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d "FY 2022 Arterial Life Cycle Program (ALCP)" (PDF). Maricopa Association of Governments. January 27, 2022. Retrieved February 15, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d "Northern Parkway Maricopa County". Maricopa County Department of Transportation. July 12, 2021. Retrieved November 30, 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Northern Parkway Aaroads". Aaroads. June 6, 2020. Retrieved February 5, 2022.
  5. ^ a b "NORTHERN PARKWAY FIVE YEAR LIFE CYCLE PROGRAM FY 2013 – FY 2017". Maricopa County Department of Transportation. December 15, 2011. pp. 5, 9. Retrieved February 11, 2022.
  6. ^ Brown, Patricia (January 20, 2019). "Work Resumes on the Stalled Northern Parkway Project". The Arizona Tribune. Retrieved February 6, 2022.
  7. ^ "NORTHERN PARKWAY: DYSART ROAD TO 111TH AVENUE". Maricopa County Department of Transportation. Retrieved February 6, 2022.
  8. ^ "Northern Parkway Final Report" (PDF). Maricopa Association of Governments. December 2018. p. 24. Retrieved February 6, 2022.
  9. ^ "NORTHERN PARKWAY: 99TH AVE TO 87TH AVE (LOOP 101)". Maricopa County Department of Transportation. Retrieved February 11, 2022.
  10. ^ a b "FY 2022 FREEWAY LIFE CYCLE PROGRAM (FLCP)" (PDF). Maricopa Association of Governments. December 1, 2021. p. 26. Retrieved February 15, 2022.
  11. ^ "NORTHERN PARKWAY: LOOP 101 TO GRAND AVENUE". Maricopa County Department of Transportation. Retrieved February 12, 2022.

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