Jul 11, 2012 11:18 AM

Cone Zone 7/11

Sabino Canyon Road and Tanque Verde Road

Utility manhole covers will begin to be pre-lowered tomorrow morning in preparation for the milling and repaving work that will begin next week. The main area of concern tomorrow is eastbound travel on Tanque Verde Road. Starting at 9 a.m. the curb lane and center through lanes west of the intersection will be closed while the utility manhole between the two lanes is lowered. The work will be completed by 1 p.m. with both lanes being re-opened.

The manhole cover happens to be placed on the skip line dividing the two travel lanes, therefore both lanes need to be closed, meaning only one travel lane will be available for about four hours.

Guardrail repair work on westbound Interstate 10 east of Benson continues this week

Travel restrictions will be in effect for westbound traffic on Interstate 10 through Texas Canyon during the middle of this week.

The following lane closures are scheduled to allow crews to repair guardrail as part of an Arizona Department of Transportation project to resurface 14 miles of westbound I-10 from the east end of Texas Canyon to the east side of Benson. All work will take place between the hours of 6 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

• On Tuesday, July 10, the right lane of westbound I-10 will be closed for one and a half miles beginning at the Johnson Road traffic interchange (Exit 322).

• On Wednesday, July 11, the right lane of westbound I-10 will be closed for one mile starting at the off-ramp from the Texas Canyon rest area (Exit 320).

• On Thursday, July 12, the right lane of westbound I-10 will be closed for one mile beginning a mile and a half west of the Texas Canyon rest area exit.

Message boards will be posted in advance of the lane closures to notify approaching drivers and the posted speed limit through the restricted areas will be 55 mph.

Bridge construction work scheduled on Interstate 10 at State Route 90 overnight Wednesday

Placement of girders on new eastbound overpass will require closures and detours until 2 a.m. Thursday

Continuing construction of the new Interstate 10 overpass bridge at State Route 90 in Benson will require an overnight detour for all interstate traffic and closure of SR 90 beneath the bridge on Wednesday, July 11.

Between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 2 a.m. Thursday, July 12, eastbound and westbound I-10 traffic will be required to exit at State Route 90 (Exit 302) to access the interstate on the other side of the overpass to allow the Arizona Department of Transportation to set girders for the new eastbound I-10 bridge. During those same hours, SR 90 will be closed to traffic in both directions beneath the overpass.

The following detours will be in effect during the closure:

• Motorists on SR 90 wishing to access westbound I-10 can travel east to the Ocotillo Road exit (Exit 304) and then enter westbound I-10 at that interchange.

• Westbound I-10 motorists wishing to access SR 90 can continue to the Mescal Road exit (Exit 297) to enter eastbound I-10 from where they will be able to access the SR 90 ramp.

Message boards will be in place on both directions of I-10 to notify motorists of the closure at the SR 90 overpass. Drivers are encouraged to obey posted speed limits and be prepared for brief delays.

Series of wide-load trucks to travel from Phoenix to Graham County in coming weeks to deliver girders for new US 70 bridge

Trucks will pass through Tucson to deliver 120 concrete girders for US 70 bridge in Bylas

Delivery of girders for the new bridge being constructed on US 70 over the Gila River in Graham County will require a series of oversized loads to travel through Phoenix, Tucson and Safford beginning Thursday, July 12.

The new 15-span bridge, located one mile west of Bylas on the San Carlos Apache reservation, is being constructed by the Arizona Department of Transportation to replace the existing bridge that was built in 1957.

The delivery of 120 precast concrete girders will take place over 15 weeknights. The first deliveries will begin leaving the Phoenix facility where they are cast shortly after midnight on Thursday with eight trucks departing at 15- to 30-minute intervals. The trucks, measuring 190-feet long, 10-feet wide and 14-feet tall, will carry one girder at a time and will be escorted along the following route:

• Depart central Phoenix and enter southbound Interstate 17
• Merge onto Interstate 10 and continuing eastbound through Phoenix and Tucson
• Exit I-10 to northbound US 191
• Exit US 191 to westbound US 70 in Safford before reaching the final destination near the community of Bylas.

No deliveries will be made on weekends and all deliveries will arrive at the construction site in the early morning hours.

Motorists traveling on the route are advised to be alert for slow-moving oversized loads and drive with caution.

The $12.7 million project will feature wider travel lanes, emergency shoulders and a pedestrian walkway. The new bridge is scheduled for completion in spring 2013, when the older bridge will be demolished.


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