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Courier/Jo. L. Keener

Construction begins today on a widening project that will provide a continuous left-turn lane on Sheldon Street from Marina Street to Aven Drive. Crews will work primarily at night and hope to complete the project in 80 days, weather permitting.

Following are street and construction updates from the City of Prescott:

Sheldon Street/Highway 89

Construction activities on a half-mile stretch of Sheldon Street will begin Sunday. The project will run between Marina Street and Aven Drive.

Project improvements are:

• Widening to provide for a continuous left-turn lane

• Removal/replacement of pavement

• Removal/replacement of concrete curb and gutter

• Traffic signal upgrades at Pleasant and Marina streets

• Drainage work

• Retaining walls

• Signs and pavement markings

The Sheldon Street construction schedule is approximately 80 working days, depending on weather conditions. Motorists entering Prescott after 8 p. m. should use Gurley Street. Detour signs will be on site.

During construction, crews will allow no left turns from Sheldon between Arizona Avenue and Alarcon Street.

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) also is restricting left turns onto Sheldon from any side street in the construction area with the exception of Pleasant Street.

The contractor will do some night construction work that will require closing Sheldon Street. Access to Sheldon Street will be possible during the day. However, lane restrictions will be in place, and travel will be limited to two lanes northbound and one lane southbound.

ADOT, Meadow Valley Contractors, the City of Prescott, the Arizona Department of Commerce, and the Prescott Chamber of Commerce are cooperating to inform residents, motorists and affected property owners of the improvement work.

For information, contact Star Tangle LLC Community Relations Managers, Carol Huntington or Melanie Street, (520) 774-8344, chuntingtonstartangle.com or mstreetstartangle.com. Or contact ADOT Resident Engineer Andy Roth at 759-2426 ext. 3624.

Larry Caldwell Drive

Construction crews are repaving a half-mile segment of Larry Caldwell Drive as part of the Airport Connector, which ADOT is building between Highway 89 North at Pioneer Parkway and Highway 89A west of Prescott Valley town limits.

During paving on Larry Caldwell north of the connector and about 3/4 miles east of Highway 89, one lane was to remain open for two-way traffic.

Flaggers are directing traffic through the one lane. Traffic delays of as long as 10 minutes could occur.

The work started April 2 and was to be completed by April 20. Construction hours are 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For information about the Larry Caldwell repavement work or the Airport Connector, contact Star Tangle, LLC Community Relations Managers, Carol Huntington or Melanie Street via the project hot line, 541-0715. Or, contact ADOT resident engineer Cliff Passmore, 759-2426, extension 3629.

Mall Loop Road

Crews continue to install a storm drain system in the south section of this new road connecting Highway 69 and Lee Boulevard. The project was about 45 percent complete as of Friday.

Additional work in the next week includes gas line installation and construction of a 1,000- foot-long, 5-foot-high block wall along the southwest side of the road. The loop road, which is to be complete in July, will feature a landscaped median, a sidewalk on the mall side of the road and street lights at mall access points. The road will not be accessible until complete.

Construction hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Watkins Construction is the contractor.

For information, call Prescott Public Works Director Tom Long, 771-5921.

Mall construction

The Prescott City Council has authorized the building contractor for the mall developer to perform night work two nights a week through May 15.

Crews for Weitz Company, Inc., plan to work 18-hour shifts, starting in the early morning hours of Thursdays and Fridays for the next six weeks. The long shifts and the night work are necessary, company officials said, to accommodate concrete pours for the 284,000 square-foot main mall building.

"The work involved includes placing, finishing, curing, crack control and cool-weather protection, requiring 18 hours per each pour day," states a letter the Weitz Co. wrote to City Council members requesting night work authorization.

Noise, traffic and lighting mitigation efforts include:

• Traffic – Concrete deliveries from Prescott Valley between 12:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m., avoiding heavy-traffic periods on Highway 69.

• Lighting – Light stands will aim away from homes.

• Noise – The contractor plans to disconnect backup alarms on ready-mix trucks and substitute other approved safety measures for the alarms.

For information, contact Westcor Partners, the mall developer, 443-5394.