Sep 302011

The Arizona Department of Transportation will begin a project on Monday, Oct. 3, to construct new bridge barriers and add new sections of guardrail on several areas of Interstate 40 through Holbrook. The work is the first phase of a $7.9 million project to repave seven miles of I-40 from mileposts 283 to 290.

The first phase of the project, which is scheduled for completion in January 2012, will include the construction of new bridge barriers over Hopi Drive, Leroux Wash and Eighth Avenue. New guardrail will also be installed in several different locations on I-40 between the west interchange at Hopi Drive and the east interchange at East Navajo Blvd. The paving phase of the project will begin in spring 2012.

Work hours will be 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. There will be narrowed traffic lanes on I-40 over each of the bridges, and the speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph through those work zones. Motorists should also anticipate restricted lanes on Hopi Drive and Eighth Avenue where they cross under I-40. Flaggers will be present to guide vehicles through those areas when necessary, and drivers may experience brief delays at times.

ADOT advises drivers to proceed through the work zones with caution, slow down, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.