The Drinkwater underpass under Civic Center has reopened. The underpass and parts of the plaza were closed in July 2018 when concrete deterioration from leaking fountains and irrigation was discovered during inspection work.
Repair work began in December 2018. The renovated underpass now consists of two tunnels with improved lighting, but most importantly several structural changes have made the bridge and underpass safer. Renovation work continues in the Civic Center, which is scheduled to reopen later this fall.
Drinkwater Boulevard is one of two streets that make a couplet to route traffic around the slower speed limits, traffic and pedestrians of Old Town Scottsdale. During the underpass closure, traffic increased by approximately 30 percent on Miller Road.
To learn more about the construction project, please visit ScottsdaleAZ.gov and search “Drinkwater project.”