In First 3 Days Of Bell Road Closure: 9 Accidents, 1 Fatality

By Casey Kuhn
Published: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 6:27pm
Updated: Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 1:48pm
(Photo by Casey Kuhn - KJZZ)
Bell Road is closed at Grand Avenue in Surprise.

Bell Road at Grand Avenue in Surprise will be closed for several months.

In the two weeks before Bell Road closed on April 1, there were a total of eight accidents near the intersection at Grand. Three days after Bell closed, Surprise police reported nine collisions.

All occurred on or near the three-mile Bell detour around the intersection at Grand. Six happened over the weekend, and three on Monday morning.

The fatality was a motorcyclist struck by an unlicensed 16-year-old driver.

Sergeant Norm Owens with the Surprise police department said it has put extra officers around the route to address traffic issues.

“I believe this is a typical occurrence as people become more familiar with the new route, and the Surprise police are continuing to monitor the area,” he said.

The closure is for a $41.9 million-Arizona Department of Transportation project to build an overpass and reduce traffic congestion.

Detour Around Bell Road Closure

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