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I-40 bridge work will close exit ramp for 6 months

The second phase of a bridge deck rehabilitation project on Interstate 40 near Ash Fork will require crews to close the Exit 146 (westbound on-ramp) and Exit 144 (westbound off-ramp) beginning Wednesday, April 15, through early October.

Motorists will be detoured to Exit 144, according to a news release from the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). Highway detour signs will be clearly marked, including directions for drivers in Ash Fork to Highway 89.

Late last year, construction crews completed Phase I of the $5 million project, including rehabilitation to the 10 eastbound bridge decks near the Ash Fork traffic interchanges (mileposts 143.5 to 147.5). Crews are preparing to begin construction on the westbound bridges:

March 30-April 14: Crews are scheduled to make final preparations within the project zone (I-40 eastbound lanes) prior to start of westbound bridge work.

April 15: Crews are scheduled to move traffic from the westbound to eastbound lanes. Vehicles will remain on the eastbound lanes until the work is completed on the westbound bridge decks in October.

Working hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. While one lane will remain open in each direction, ADOT is advising drivers to be prepared for delays of as long as 15 minutes. The speed limit will be reduced and drivers should be alert for construction vehicles and flaggers. Unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur, and weather could also affect the project schedule.

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