Aug 012012

By Naomi Hatch
“That project (State Route 77 paving from Shumway through Snowflake) is beginning as we speak,” Snow-flake Town Manager Paul Watson told the town council July 24.
Watson introduced Rod Wigman, public information officer for the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), who gave an update on the project.
They expect to start milling at the southern end of the project on Aug. 6, according to Wigman who noted that the project began July 23 and is scheduled for completion in September. “It is construction,” he reminded the council. “There will always be some challenges.”
ADOT will repave a 10-mile segment of SR 77, with the cost projected at $5.2 million. It entails removing a 3” layer of the existing pavement, repaving the roadway, replacing pedestrian ramps and repairing sidewalks.
“There will be some traffic delays,” said Wigman, noting the road will be down to two lanes, but one lane will always be open as you enter town.
Wigman will be contacting all businesses that are affected and will generate updates through e-mails, giving them a contact person for any problems they may encounter.
ADOT reminds drivers to slow down, proceed through the work zone with caution, and be alert for con-struction equipment and personnel.
For more information on the project, go online to