|crickets facing eviction from Fab 42........looks like about 10 years in the making..............of about 40 generations of crickets........................go Intel!|
Roadwork paves way for Intel's massive Fab 42 campus in Chandler
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Chandler, with a population of just more than 250,000, touts a number of jobs in the technology sector. Topping the list is Intel, with about 11,000 employees.
Paulina Pineda, Arizona RepublicPublished 12:56 p.m. MT June 17, 2019
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Chandler is investing $5.4 million on a road expansion to accommodate expected growth at an Intel plant in the coming years.
The state and Intel will reimburse the city for the work, according to city documents.
Intel is among Arizona's largest employers and the top employer in Chandler, with about 11,000 jobs, according to a city report.
The cranes at Intel's Ocotillo campus and the road expansion are tied to ongoing construction of the company's Fab 42 semiconductor fabrication plant, said Micah Miranda, Chandler's economic development director. Intel officials have mostly kept quiet about the project, which was announced in 2017 as a $7 billion investment into the Fab 42 facility that will make its most advanced computer chips.
Chandler will expand Old Price Road on the western end of the Intel Ocotillo campus, off Dobson Road in south Chandler, to alleviate construction and employee traffic.
The roadwork is expected to begin by the end of the yearand be completed next spring.
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Road expansion to alleviate traffic on Dobson RoadAn estimated 1,000 vehicles an hour leave Intel at peak hours, according to city documents.
Once complete, Fab 42 is expected to generate 3,000 high-wage technology jobs, the company previously told The Arizona Republic.
Miranda said the roadwork will help alleviate traffic on Dobson Road by adding an additional entrance to the campus.
Crews will widen northbound Old Price Road from one to two lanes from Queen Creek Road south toward the plant, according to the agreement. The city will also add streetlights; relocate underground utility lines; and restore any gates, walls, fencing or landscaping impacted by roadwork.
The state will reimburse Chandler for 80% of the costs, or about $4.3 million, and Intel will pay the remaining 20%, or about $1.1 million.
Chandler is the first Arizona city to take advantage of a new funding mechanism that allows the state to reimburse municipalities for public improvements for qualified manufacturing facilities, Miranda said.
“This work will support Intel which supports tens of thousands of families across Arizona. So while this is a Chandler project, the economic implications stretch across the city and state,” he said.
The city will be responsible for ongoing maintenance of the road.
The Chandler City Council recently approved expanding Old Price Road to accommodate expected additional traffic coming from the Intel Ocotillo campus as it completes its Fab 42 plant. (Photo: Intel Corp.)
Intel finishing work on Fab 42Miranda said Intel is working on several major infrastructure projects at the Ocotillo site, including construction and outfitting of its Fab 42 plant.
Base construction and tool installation is expected to be completed in early 2020, according to the funding agreement.
Intel will manufacture chips with 10-nanometer technology in Fab 42, according to the agreement. One nanometer is about one-billionth of a meter and the chips will power computers, data centers, sensors and other devices.
The company is also working on what Intel calls the Link, a clean-room pathway that connects the existing plants at the site to Fab 42. Intel operates two key campuses in Chandler.
Intel first began work on Fab 42 in 2011, but never completed it after slow sales led the company to lay off 5,000 people company-wide in 2014.