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 year and be completed next spring.

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