12/31/2013 10:48:00 AM ADOT accepts Highway 89 widening construction bids Jan. 10
The orange portion of Highway 89 (State Route 89) shows ADOTís widening project for the highway between the south end of Chino Valley and the airport in Prescott. The project will go out for bid Jan. 10 and work should begin in March.
Map courtesy of ADOT
Review/Salina Sialega Team Fishel backhoe driver Richard Sprague dumps dirt in a hole Dec. 17 where Rogelio Flores holds a conduit for new Century Link telecommunication lines going in on the west side of Highway 89. The new lines replace Century Linkís current lines that have to be moved before ADOT widens the highway between Ruger Road and Road 4 South. Cable One is doing the same with its telecommunication lines on the east side of the highway.
Anyone who drives in rush-hour traffic mornings and evenings on Highway 89 between Chino Valley and the airport knows it can get pretty hairy. A line of cars ahead of you as far as you can see or delays caused by multiple rear-enders. It's a pain.
The pain, however, is about to be relieved. The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) will put out to bid Jan. 10 the widening of the five-mile stretch of the highway between Road 4 South on the south end of Chino to Deep Well Ranch Road near the Prescott airport, including roundabouts at Deep Well Ranch Road, just north of Ruger Road, and at Kalinich Avenue at about Road 4 3/4 South. Work will begin in March.
In addition, the Town of Chino Valley separately will construct east Road 4 1/2 South, Road 1 East extension, and east Kalinich Avenue to connect to the highway at the new roundabout.
The widening will increase the current two-lane highway to four lanes and, according to ADOT, will improve travel times and driver safety.
During construction, ADOT will keep one lane of traffic open each direction and will keep access to businesses open during business hours. Most of the work will be done during the day, but ADOT expects some night work to take place.
Cost for ADOT's part of the widening will be an estimated $25 million and will take about 15 months. The Town's portion of the Kalinich roundabout is $100,000.
ADOT District Engineer Alvin Stump in Prescott reports that about 20,000 vehicles a day use the highway.
Working simultaneously on related road projects with Chino is a good plan, Stump said.
"It's great that Chino is coordinating its work on (Road) 1 East and the other roads while we're working on the highway," he said.
Utility construction company, Team Fishel, currently is moving existing telecommunication lines for Century Link on the west side of Highway 89 and Cable One is doing the same on the east side. The new lines will be several more yards away from the highway to accommodate the extra lanes. Passers-by can see the orange fencing marking the new right of way for the highway, as well as many workers, construction vehicles and materials along both sides of the highway.
The Highway 89 widening project most likely will be one of the road projects discussed at the15th annual Arizona Rural Transportation Summit in Prescott on Jan. 15-17, an event that focuses on rural road issues. Attendees include elected and appointed officials, transportation planners, service providers, engineers and other guests.