Traffic shift in store for Hwy 89 drivers

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Heavy equipment works on what will eventually be the southbound lanes of Highway 89 as work progresses Thursday.

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<br> Heavy equipment works on what will eventually be the southbound lanes of Highway 89 as work progresses Thursday.

PRESCOTT - The first in a series of pending traffic changes is scheduled to take place today, shifting drivers onto a newly paved section of Highway 89 between Chino Valley and Prescott.

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) announced on Tuesday that a traffic change would take place at the new roundabout at Deep Well Ranch Road, beginning Dec. 10.

The work zone will be clearly marked with temporary barricades and signs, according to ADOT, and drivers are urged to use caution. Minimal traffic delays are expected.

Jason Fann, project manager with contractor Fann Contracting, Inc., reported Tuesday afternoon that today's change is just the first in a number of traffic shifts scheduled over the next few weeks.

While today's change will move southbound traffic to the west side of the Deep Well Ranch roundabout, Fann said future shifts would move all traffic from the existing lanes to the newly constructed southbound lanes.

Fann expected the entire shift to be complete by late December/early January.

Although ADOT had estimated in November that the entire traffic shift would take place by the middle of this month, Fann said the recent rain delayed that schedule.

The $17.4 million Highway 89 project got under way this past March. The widening, which is split into four phases, is expected to be complete by August 2015.

The project will widen the highway to four lanes, and will include two new roundabouts - one at the new Deep Well Ranch Road (near Ruger Road) and one at Kalinich, closer to Chino Valley.

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