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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Traveling through the Gila Bend area? Allow extra travel time while road work is underway

The Arizona Department of Transportation has scheduled two pavement improvement projects in Gila Bend that will affect travel on State Route 85 and Business 8 (Butterfield Trail). Drivers should expect lane closures, watch for flaggers and allow extra travel time while the following restrictions are in place daily from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, throughThursday, Feb. 16:

  • The intersection of State Route 85 and Business 8 (Butterfield Trail) will be narrowed to one lane in each direction. Drivers should plan to slow down and merge into the open travel lane.
  • Business 8 (Butterfield Trail) will be narrowed to one lane only between mileposts 121 and 122. The work zone begins about a mile south of Pima Street and ends at the junction with Old Highway 84. Flagging stations will be in operation to alternate drivers through the work zone. Plan for delays of up to 15 minutes.

Crews will be coating the existing pavement surfaces with a thin liquid oil that seals cracks, rejuvenates the asphalt and prevents further cracking to extend the life of the pavement. Work will occur as scheduled barring delays caused by weather or other unforeseen factors.

ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions and closures, but it’s possible that unscheduled impacts might occur because of weather or other factors. For the most current information about highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT’s Traveler Information Site at, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511 except while driving. For more information, please contact the ADOT Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or

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