Road construction winding down for winter

VVN/Jon Hutchinson<br>
Traffic is now moving freely in both directions with the addition of two new lanes on SR 89A through Clarkdale. Crews were applying the rubberized top-coat this week.

VVN/Jon Hutchinson<br> Traffic is now moving freely in both directions with the addition of two new lanes on SR 89A through Clarkdale. Crews were applying the rubberized top-coat this week.

State highway construction work on all sides of the Verde Valley is winding down as Christmas and the dead of winter approaches.

Projects are under way through Clarkdale to place a four-lane highway with five roundabouts between Cement Plant Road and Black Hills Drive.

A section of four-lane highway is under construction near Verde Village on SR 260,

Re-paving is underway on Interstate 17 from McGuireville to General Crook Trail.

Construction is under way to improve the traffic interchange at McGuireville.

McGuireville Interchange reconstruction

At the McGuireville TI, crews are scheduled to drill bridge abutments and pier shafts to prepare for widening the Dry Creek Bridges. The work will take place behind concrete barriers and will have little impact on traffic. A bridge abutment is a portion of the bridge structure that supports the ends of the bridge and helps support the surrounding embankments.

Motorists will see old sections of the bridge being removed.

The schedule calls for: Fall 2008 a) Bridge work begins b) Northbound lane roadway work begins

Spring 2009 Construct northbound exit detour ramp

Fall 2009 Construct southbound access ramp

Winter 2009 Construct southbound access ramp embankment b) Pave northbound exit ramp c) Mill and pave both northbound and southbound I-17 lanes

Early 2010 Anticipated project completion

SR 260 Thousand Trails to Western Drive

ADOT will open the new lanes in mid-December for motorists traveling from Camp Verde to Cottonwood.

Crews are finishing up miscellaneous tasks throughout the project in preparation for the spring paving. Weather conditions in the winter months are generally too cold to maintain the necessary asphalt consistency. In the spring, ADOT will pave the old section and then switch traffic over.

Prairie Lane has been re-opened, and Western Drive will have a right turn lane closure. Crews are preparing the right turn lane onto Western Drive to be paved in the next two weeks. The lane is scheduled to reopen on Dec. 23, once paving has been complete. Right turns are still allowed on Western Drive from SR 260 and traffic control is still in place at the intersection. Delays are likely approaching the intersection.

The retaining walls between Western Drive and Prairie Lane will also be painted soon.

If you would like more information regarding this ADOT construction project call the toll free project hotline at 1-866-751-2083. For information regarding the closure of Forest Road 9606J, please call the Prescott National Forest Service Verde District Office at (928) 567-4121.

For complete project descriptions, check http://www.azdot.gov/Highways/Projects/Prescott_District_Projects/SR260.asp#WesternDrive

SR 89A Cement Plant Road to Black Hills Drive

The final paving coat is now being applied to the new four-lane highway between Cement Plant Road and Black Hills Drive. The five roundabouts are now closed to complete along with a center lane barrier. Lighting for the roundabouts will soon be working.

ADOT spokesman Bill Williams says the contractor has been very efficient and responsive. Even though his contract allows the project to continue into the spring, it is expected to be substantially completed this month.

Contact the project team with questions and concerns at the project hotline at (800) 340-5240.

I-17 Paving McGuireville TI to General Crook Trail

Weather permitting, crews will be striping and installing delineators along southbound I-17 between McGuireville TI and General Crook Trail TI Monday, Dec. 15 through Friday, Dec. 19, between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. Motorists may experience narrow lanes and reduced speeds during daytime hours throughout the week.

For more project information, please call the project hotline at (888) 236-4374.

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