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Sun, Dec. 08

Department of Transportation projects will impact traffic

The two projects that the Arizona Department of Transportation currently is overseeing on Highway 89 will cause a number of traffic impacts this week, including:

Highway 89 widening in Chino Valley

• ADOT has shifted traffic at Road 4 South and Highway 89 onto a newly paved detour route slightly east of existing Highway 89. This shift will be in effect while crews construct the roundabout at Road 4 South. The speed limit through the area is 35 mph.

• Crews will begin milling Highway 89 at Road 4 South to begin preparing the road surface for a future roundabout. Milling is the process of grinding and recycling existing asphalt to reduce the amount of layers of built-up asphalt. This process will not affect traffic because of the new traffic shift in the area.

• Crews will begin testing the newly installed waterline to ensure it functions properly. Once testing is complete, crews will tie in services and remove the old waterline. The new waterline should be in use in two weeks.

Highways 69/89 traffic interchange construction

• Work on the Highway 89/Highway 69 project is moving into Phase III. Phase III components include constructing the Highway 69 Bridge over Highway 89, widening of Gurley and Sheldon streets, and opening of the slip lane from southbound Highway 89 to Sheldon Street. No road closures should take place during the week of Nov. 3.

Along with reminding the public that the construction zones are not appropriate for pedestrians or cyclists, ADOT notes that changes to construction plans can happen frequently because of weather, equipment availability and personnel issues.

While the department attempts to anticipate construction activities a week in advance, changes may occur. Intermittent lane closures, with short delays, may occur without advance notice.

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