ADOT gives update on 260, 89A projects

The Arizona Department of Transportation began construction in early February on State Route 260 from Thousand Trails to Western Drive in Cottonwood.

In the past 30 days, crews have succeeded in clearing brush, removing culverts and excavating areas near bridges. There is minimal impact on traffic since all construction activity is off the roadway on the northeast side.

At this time ADOT has no lane restrictions and is working closely with Department of Public Safety officers to control traffic near Thousand Trails. As crews progress toward Western Drive later in the spring, motorists may experience some lane restrictions.

Construction trucks and equipment are entering and exiting the roadway throughout the work zone so ADOT would like to remind motorists to proceed with caution, obey all posted speed limit signs, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.

When Ames Construction completes the $14 million project in about 18 months, the roadway will be a four-lane divided highway that will improve traffic flow and increase safety for motorists.

The Prescott National Forest has asked ADOT to remind people of the closing of Forest Road 9606J which provides access to the Black Canyon River Access Site. The closure was made because Forest Road 9606J is in close proximity to the SR 260 construction zone. Signs and maps will be posted on all roads entering the closure areas.

If you would like more information regarding this ADOT construction project please call the toll-free project hotline at 1-866-751-2083. For more information regarding the closure of Forest Road 9606J please call the Prescott National Forest Service Verde District Office at (928) 567-4121. All of ADOT's road conditions and up-to-date restrictions can be found by dialing 511 or going online to www.az511.com.

State Route 89A Cottonwood to Clarkdale

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), in cooperation with Cottonwood and Clarkdale, began constructing road improvements on 2.2 miles of State Route 89A between Cement Plant Road and Black Hills Drive in February 2008. SR 89A serves as a major connector between the City of Cottonwood and the Town of Clarkdale, with as many as 5,535 vehicles on this stretch daily. S.J. Louis Construction is the contractor on the $12.5 million project, which is scheduled for completion in spring 2009.

Improvements include an additional lane in each direction, an 8-foot wide raised median, and the extension of existing box culverts for upgraded drainage capacity.

A key improvement will be five roundabouts at the intersections of SR 89A and Cement Plant Road, Avienda, Lincoln, Groseta Ranch and Black Hills Drive. Studies had have shown roundabouts improve traffic flow, and reduce fatal crashes, injury-related crashes, and pedestrian and vehicle crashes. The improvements will make it safer and more convenient for current and future motorists.

For more information on the safety of roundabouts, see http://www.azdot.gov/Roundabouts/

Construction began with underground utility relocation. Following the utility work, the contractor started on the roadway improvements at the project's north end - near Cement Plant Road - and is working south. Construction of the roundabouts will be 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which will allow ADOT to complete the project sooner. Crews will construct the first roundabout in spring 2008 near Cement Plant Road, allowing motorists time to get used to driving in a roundabout. The construction of the other roundabouts will proceed sequentially to the south and finish at Black Hills Drive.

Drivers should be aware of changing lane restrictions, in addition to night time and intermittent closures in the construction zone. Flagmen and law enforcement officers will be on-site to help direct traffic.

Construction updates are available from the toll-free construction project line: 1-800-340-5240.

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