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Workers dig up APS vault

Salvaged trees adjusting to new surroundings

Crews dug up and removed an APS electric vault as part of continuing work on the Arizona Avenue Improvements project.

Project spokesperson Teresa Makinen says the vault is a very large concrete structure, four feet deep and overall 10 feet deep in the ground.

Submitted photo

DIG IT: This APS electric vault was uncovered during work on Arizona Avenue.

“They are typically placed in intersections for dry utilities like electric, telephone, cable, etc. to provide easier access for electric workers to tie into conductors,” Makinen explains. “That allows APS to distribute the power in different directions. Rather than having to trench or dig to find various conduits, they are all in one place in the vault, so it can be excavated and an individual can literally get inside to do their work.” She says this one will be removed because it’s in the way of the project, but that a joint trench will be dug for electric.

Meanwhile, Makinen reports tree salvage is complete for trees on the west side of Arizona Avenue.

“These trees will need to stay boxed for approximately two to three weeks as they become conditioned to their new surroundings, so that they can be transported to the contractor’s nursery for future transplanting,” she explains. “Trees on the east side of Arizona Avenue will be boxed in the next couple of weeks.” Crews are completing work on storm drain laterals and electric duct bank crossings on the west side of Arizona Avenue from Boston to Chicago. Traffic control will continue on Arizona Avenue from south of Frye Road to north of Chandler Boulevard to restrict traffic to one lane in each direction north and south, with traffic shifted to the east side of the median island between Boston and Buffalo in this configuration. Traffic is currently scheduled to be placed back on


the correct sides of the median May 2 or 3.

Then, traffic from Frye to Boston will be shifted to the west side of Arizona Avenue to accommodate work on the east side on storm drain laterals and tree salvage. Tentatively scheduled to take place after Mother’s Day, traffic will be shifted to the inside lanes, and work will begin on sidewalk and curb lane removals. “We will coordinate with individual businesses on Arizona Avenue to determine how best to accommodate business access during this next phase,” Makinen says. The first phase of construction includes underground utility work to prepare for the “above ground” improvements that will be taking place in the next phases. During construction, Makinen says Arizona Avenue will remain open and should always have at least one lane in each direction in the corridor, except for possible coordinated weekend work when necessary in the intersection at Boston, Buffalo or Frye. In addition, there should always be left-turn access into the historic square either via Buffalo or Boston.

For comments or concerns regarding the project, visit the project website at, or call Makinen at 480-890-1927.

Medical practice hiring

Drs. Goodman & Partridge OB/GYN seek to add a few friendly faces to its staff. The practice, which has been serving patients in Chandler for 34 years, is currently seeking medical assistants, ultrasound technicians, billers-coders and office supervisors, and is in need of Spanish speakers. Goodman & Partridge periodically conducts interviews at “Orientation Meet and Greets,” where groups of 30 to 40 applicants are introduced to the practice’s philosophy, history, goals and expectations, and are able to talk with current employees. “The value here is that we can interview many applicants at once,” explains Practice Administrator Nick Goodman. “If we don’t have a job for them now, we can give them a call in three weeks when we have something and make them an immediate offer.”

The practice offers fully paid medical insurance to full-time employees, along with vacation, sick time, and dental and vision insurance at discounted rates. Employees also receive short-term disability, group term life insurance, maternity leave and a 401(k) plan. Full-time employees receive a six-week sabbatical after six years of employment.

To inquire about a position, call Bob Seabolt, human resources director, at 480-821-3629, or email a cover letter and resume to

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