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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Closure and restrictions on Interstate 8, Araby Road (State Route 195) and Gila Ridge Road to begin mid-May

Drivers should plan for detours through fall of 2018 as construction of second roundabout begins

As the Arizona Department of Transportation begins the second phase of construction for the Interstate 8 and Araby Road traffic interchange improvement project, drivers should plan for closures and restrictions in the project area.

Work is scheduled to start in May, when contractors begin excavating for an underground storm water system and retaining wall. ADOT is building the second roundabout at I-8 and Araby Road on the south side of the intersection. This phase of the project is scheduled for completion in fall 2018.

A three-month closure of the eastbound I-8 off-ramp at Araby Road (SR 195) is scheduled to begin Wednesday, May 16. On the following day, Gila Ridge Road is scheduled to close for 30 days and Araby Road will be reduced to one lane in both directions for three months.

Yuma drivers should plan to use detour routes and allow plenty of extra travel time while these restrictions are in place:

Gila Ridge Road west of Araby Road at the Tanimura and Antle Produce building will be closed in both directions for 30 days beginning Wednesday, May 16.

Araby Road will be reduced to one lane in both directions between 30th and 26th streets for three months beginning Thursday, May 17.

No left turns will be permitted on Gila Ridge Road while construction is underway. Drivers can access businesses on Gila Ridge Road by using Avenue 3E.

An 11-foot vehicle width restriction will be in place.

Alternate routes include Avenue 3E and 32nd Street. Drivers should plan for heavy traffic, reduced speed limits and delays.

Learn more about the I-8 and Araby Road traffic interchange improvement project on the project web site.

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 when driving.

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