Apr 112012

The second phase of a project to improve an eight-mile segment of Interstate 40 from milepost 282 (the Perkins Valley interchange) to milepost 290 (the East Navajo Blvd. interchange in Holbrook) will begin on Monday, April 16, according to Arizona Department of Transportation officials.

The first phase of the project, which was completed last year, included the construction of new bridge barriers over Hopi Boulevard, Leroux Wash and Eighth Avenue. New guardrail was also installed in several different locations on I-40 between the west interchange at Perkins Valley and the east interchange at East Navajo Boulevard.

The second phase of the $7.9 million project, scheduled for completion in July, will include removing a layer of the existing pavement and repaving the roadway; repaving the on and off ramps at the Perkins Valley, Hopi Drive, Navajo Blvd. and East Navajo Blvd. interchanges; repaving some sections of frontage road at the Perkins Valley interchange; and restriping the new pavement.

Work hours will be from 2 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Traffic lanes will be narrowed and the speed limit will be reduced in the work zones. Flaggers will be present to guide vehicles through these work areas.

While paving work is being performed at the interchanges, only two will be closed at the same time. Perkins Valley and the Navajo Blvd. interchanges will be closed together and then Hopi and the East Navajo Blvd. interchanges will be closed. Eastbound on and off ramps will be paved first, followed by work on the westbound ramps. Traffic will be able to detour to the next interchange east or west of the ones that are closed. Message board signs will be used to inform local traffic of when work will be anticipated at specific interchanges.

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

ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule. To stay up-to-date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Travel Information Center at www.az511.gov or call 511.