Sep 042013

A bridge rehabilitation project replacing four bridge surfaces on Interstate 40 east of Holbrook that began in May has hit a major milestone now that the Chambers bridge is complete and open to traffic.
The Chambers bridge opened Aug. 30 and traffic is once again two lanes in each direction at the bridge. Work on the Chambers bridge included replacing the superstructure and bridge deck.
Work continues at the Querino bridge (milepost 343) and Navajo (milepost 325) interchanges, with improvements scheduled to start to the Painted Desert bridge (milepost 311) in late September.
The work being done at the three remaining bridges includes:
* Replacing the superstructure and bridge deck at the Navajo traffic interchange.
* Replacing the eastbound bridge deck at the Querino traffic interchange.
* Replacing the superstructure and bridge deck at the Painted Desert traffic interchange, which is also the north entrance into Petrified Forest National Park.
Work hours during bridge superstructure removal continue to be 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday through Friday, and daytime work from sunrise to sunset. During work hours, the speed limit is reduced and no traffic is being allowed across the bridges. Vehicles are being detoured onto the on and off-ramps during different phases of construction.
Flaggers are 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.