Contributed Photo/Courtesy ADOT: Several road repair projects throughout the state are set to begin.
ADOT completing $50.5 million in projects to start, with more planned
Contributed Article/Courtesy ADOT
PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Transportation has started the first of 23 projects to repair damaged pavement following the record-setting winter, kicking off improvements that will continue through summer.
ADOT has created a website at azdot.gov/PavingRepairs with a schedule and map of the initial round of $50.5 million in improvements, as well as information on $94 million in planned additional pavement repairs. This includes $54 million elected leaders have committed to for pavement repairs in rural areas as part of next year’s state budget beginning July 1, as well as $40 million proposed in ADOT’s five-year construction program, to be considered by the State Transportation Board on June 16.
Most of the 23 projects getting underway this summer are in northern Arizona, where this winter’s snow, rain, and freeze-thaw cycles created ideal conditions for potholes and other pavement damage.
Crews have begun removing and replacing surface pavement along a 10-mile section of US 60 east of Wickenburg. Another project beginning this week is repaving 20 miles of SR 260 between Rim Road near Forest Lakes and Heber.
The repairs entail replacing small areas of damaged pavement on segments several miles in length, depending on conditions. The pavement projects include sections of I-40, I-17, I-10, US 60, SR 260, and SR 77.
The rest of these initial projects will get underway as the summer progresses.
These projects are in addition to pavement repairs already underway in many areas, including temporary repairs made until warmer temperatures allowed for longer-term repairs.
Drivers in areas with these projects should anticipate a mix of daytime and nighttime activity and lane restrictions that could lead to delays. ADOT reminds motorists to slow down in work zones and allow plenty of space for workers.