May 302012

A project to repave 12 miles of State Route 77 from Interstate 40 to the Navajo Nation boundary was slated to begin May 29, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The $4 million project, which is scheduled for completion by the end of August, will include:

* Removing old pavement and replacing it with recycled pavement (this work will start in mid-June).

* Removing and replacing two cattle guards.

* Replacing guardrail.

* Removing and replacing roadway concrete adjacent to the Hopi Travel Center.

* Applying new pavement markings.

Work hours will be from sunrise to sunset, Monday through Friday. Traffic lanes will be narrowed and the speed limit will be reduced through the work zone. Flaggers and pilot cars guide vehicles through the work zone in alternating directions, and drivers should anticipate delays of up to 30 minutes.

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