Thursday, June 22, 2017

Plan for closures and restrictions on Araby and Gila Ridge roads and Interstate 8 for utility relocation work

Use alternate routes and allow extra travel time beginning July 5

With construction of two roundabouts at Interstate 8 and Araby Road (US 195) scheduled to begin in July, utility crews will start relocating their underground lines in the work zone after the July 4 holiday weekend.

Drivers in Yuma should plan alternate routes and allow extra travel time on Araby Road, Gila Ridge Road and I-8 so telecommunications’ crews can relocate their lines. The following closures and restrictions will be in place around the clock beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday, July 5, and continuing through Sunday, July 16:

The westbound I-8 on-ramp and the eastbound I-8 off-ramp at Araby Road will be closed and a right-turn only restriction will be in place from westbound I-8 to northbound Araby Road. Drivers on Araby Road will be able to access the eastbound on-ramp from either direction. Consider using Avenue 3E or Avenue 8-1/2E instead.

Araby Road will be narrowed to one 11-foot lane in each direction from the north side of I-8 (approximately 26th Street) to the south side of I-8 (30th Street) and the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph. Vehicles wider than 10 feet must use an alternate route. Drivers can use Avenue 3E or Avenue 8-1/2E.

Gila Ridge Road will be closed in both directions at the Tanimura and Antle Produce building; however, access to Tanimura and Antle will remain open on the west side of the building. Plan for heavy traffic and allow extra time.

Construction of two, two-lane modern roundabouts and associated ramps to I-8 and Gila Ridge Road is scheduled to begin July 17. Work also includes construction of storm drains, a retention basin, concrete barriers and retaining walls, and installing lighting and landscaping. Learn more about the project here.

Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For more information, please call the ADOT Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or email Projects@azdot.gov. For real-time highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT’s Traveler Information Site at www.az511.gov, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except while driving.

Construction of two modern roundabouts is scheduled to begin in mid-July. Learn more about the benefits of roundabouts here.

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