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Local construction projects cause traffic interruptions

PRESCOTT - The Arizona Department of Transportation has announced a number of traffic impacts from the three construction projects that are under way in the area.

Among the impacts for this week:

Highway 89 widening in Chino Valley

• Crews will restrict traffic to one northbound lane just south of Center Street to tie in the new water line to the existing water line. The restriction will be in effect both day and night and should continue for a couple of weeks.

• As part of widening project, crews will construct a roundabout at Road 4 South to aid in the flow of traffic through Chino Valley along Highway 89. Crews will excavate land just east of Highway 89 and Road 4 South in preparation to pave and stripe the area for use as a detour during construction of the roundabout.

• Qwest, CableOne and UniSource Energy Services will relocate their services at Road 4 South and Highway 89 in preparation for the roundabout work. All utility work will occur off the roadway and should not affect traffic. The work should not interrupt utilities during this relocation. However residents who do experience problems should contact their service provider.

• Crews will finish installation of the new 18-inch ductile waterline this week, which will include installation of nine new fire hydrants along Highway 89.

69/89 traffic interchange construction

• Crews plan a concrete pour for the new bridge deck on the Highway 69 bridge for overnight hours on Thursday. Paving of the Highway 69 detour will require a closure of Overland Trail at Gurley Street.

Drivers should be aware of expected impacts:

• Intermittent closures of the Overland Trail intersection with Gurley Street on Thursday, Oct. 16, between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. will require a detour to Bradshaw Drive. This work will occur during the day to reduce unnecessary travel on neighborhood streets during overnight hours.

Highway 169-Agua Fria River Bridge

• Because of safety concerns regarding the nature of the roadway improvements, ADOT will not allow pedestrian access along Highway 169 through the work zone. The department urges pedestrians to find alternate routes or alternate methods of getting through the work zone.

• Because of lane shifts and large equipment in the work zone, visibility at the River Road and Highway 169 intersection is limited. ADOT is urging residents who access Highway 169 from River Road to use an alternate access point for entering Highway 169.

• Crews have narrowed the lanes across the Agua Fria River Bridge to 10.5 feet, with a one-foot shoulder. This traffic control configuration restricts load widths to 10 feet.

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