May 152013

A bridge rehabilitation project to replace four bridge surfaces on Interstate 40 east of Holbrook was slated to begin on Monday, May 13, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
The bridges are located at the following traffic interchanges: Painted Desert, milepost 311; Navajo, milepost 325; Chambers, milepost 333; and Querino, milepost 343.
The $3 million project, which is anticipated to be completed in late fall, will include:
* Replacing the superstructure and bridge deck at the Chambers traffic interchange (May 13-July 9).
* Replacing the superstructure and bridge deck at the Navajo traffic interchange (July 10-Aug. 30)
* Replacing the eastbound bridge deck at the Querino traffic interchange (July 2-Aug. 22)
* Replacing the superstructure and bridge deck at the Painted Desert traffic interchange, which is also the north entrance into the Petrified Forest National Park, (Sept. 3-Oct. 28).
Work hours during bridge superstructure removal are between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., Monday through Friday. Daytime work will be from sunrise to sunset. During work hours, the speed limit will be reduced to 35 mph and no traffic will be allowed across the bridges. Vehicles will be detoured using the on and off ramps during different phases of construction.
During construction of the Painted Desert interchange at the north entrance to the Petrified Forest, detour routes will be posted for access into the park.
ADOT advises drivers to proceed through the work zones with caution, slow down, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.
Flaggers will be present to guide vehicles through the work zones when necessary, and drivers may experience brief delays at times. Please use caution through the construction zones.