Be prepared for a detour. The Mingus Avenue Extension over the Verde River will be closed for a week so a pavement problem can be fixed. Beginning Monday, the Mingus Extension bridge will be blocked from 18th Place on the Cottonwood side to Rocking Chair Road on the north. The closures will take place from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day.
Instead, drivers from Mingus Ave. will have to use the traditional Verde River Bridge at SR 89A to reach Cornville Road.
Stephen Jasper, the Yavapai County Assistant Public Works Director for Operations, says traffic over the two-lane bridge will be constrained because of the construction.
The pavement at the approach to the bridge on the north end is failing and needs to be rebuilt. The pavement will be removed, the subgrade stabilized and the pavement resurfaced.
"If it gets any worse, it will get to be a pretty big bump," according to Jasper.
The timing is not unique. While agencies like to pave when the temperature is warm, the project has been scheduled on a list of county road maintenance upgrades. Jasper says there will also be several projects in the Verde Villages this spring as well as part of ongoing maintenance.
The Mingus Avenue Extension, opened in January 2005, has attracted an increasing amount of commuter traffic.
Jasper says the road was even assessed for a signal at the intersection with Rocking Chair Road, but the corner does not meet the "warrants" necessary for a signal yet.