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Sat, Jan. 18

ADOT's area construction projects continue

A number of Arizona Department of Transportation road projects are under way in the area. This week's traffic impacts will include:

Highway 89/Highway 69 construction

• Work will restrict lanes on Gurley Street between Sheldon and Rush streets Monday, and Tuesday, between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. for widening operations. This includes paving the widened roadway and installing driveways for local businesses. Crews will maintain business access at all times. Motorists should expect narrow lanes and reduced speeds.

Highway 89 widening in Chino Valley

• Night work will take place Sunday at both Road 4 South and just south of Center Street. Work is necessary to tie in water services to the new waterline. Crews will need to set up lights to help them work through the evening. The work will last only a few hours and noise will be minimal.

• Service connections to the new waterline are under way and crews will begin removing the existing waterline. For the week of Dec. 8, crews will work between Road 4 South and Road 2 South.

• The widening of the roadway is beginning to take shape with concrete and curb work under way along the east side of Highway 89 and at Road 4 South. Crews will continue excavation in areas where they have poured curb in preparation for paving to begin in 2009. This work should not affect the movement of traffic.

• Arizona Public Service relocations have started. Crews have dug holes in preparation to install new power poles along Highway 89, and have covered the holes with steel plates for safety purposes. Within the next few weeks, new poles will be arriving, and APS will temporarily store them within the ADOT right-of-way along Highway 89.

• ADOT advises drivers that traffic delays often occur in construction zones because of reduced speeds, large equipment on roadways, and curiosity of other drivers. The department asks drivers to allow additional time to reach their destinations, especially during morning and evening rush hours. Also, if possible, drivers should consider using an alternate.

Highway 169-Agua Fria River Bridge

The bridge work on Highway 169 at the Agua Fria River is moving forward. Currently, the project is in a testing phase, where crews are evaluating the drilled pier shafts to ensure structural integrity for the support of the finished bridge.

When testing is complete, workers will remobilize into the project zone to begin forming and placing bridge pier columns and abutments. Construction of the new bridge deck should begin in January 2009. The project is on schedule and the current traffic control setup will remain in place until summer 2009.

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