6/11/2014 6:25:00 AM Hill today, gone tomorrow Roundabouts are ADOT's
of 89 widening
Crews excavate and move dirt, often leveling
entire hills, to construct one of two roundabouts
and other work for the Highway 89 widening project on June 3. This work is at the roundabout that will go in on Highway 89 north of Ruger Road.
Five miles, two new roundabouts, loads of drainage pipes and box culverts to install and a bunch of hills to flatten. That about describes the Highway 89 widening project, in a nutshell, between the south end of Chino Valley and just north of the Prescott airport. About 16 percent of the project is complete as of the first week of June.
According to Tricia Lewis, senior community relations officer of the ADOT Prescott District, there are seven drainage culverts under the existing road that are currently being extended on both sides of the highway. The project calls for about 9,000 lineal feet of new pipe and 300,000 cubic yards of dirt to be excavated and removed from the project.
Fann Contracting, Inc., of Prescott, won the bid at $17,357,817 for the widening of Highway 89, officially known as State Route 89, an Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) project.
The bulk of the work is off roadway and currently crews are cutting through or leveling hills for the new four-lane roadway, and preparing for a roundabout at a new street, Deep Well Ranch Road, just north of Ruger Road near the airport. Only the eastern portion of Deep Well Ranch Road will connect to the roundabout at Highway 89. The new road gives drivers on Ruger Road another way in and out from Highway 89, an intersection that sees a lot of congestion.
In addition, a second roundabout will go in at the south end of Chino, at a new street called Kalinich Avenue to connect to the upcoming Road 1 East extension. The new roundabout will provide easier access for drivers on the frontage road to travel south. Otherwise, drivers would have to turn right onto Highway 89 and go completely around the Road 4 South roundabout just to travel south.
ADOT expects the roadwork, which began in March, to take until August 2015. Daytime work hours are Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Crews have done a little night work that does impact traffic but minimally between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. ADOT will have night work again toward the end of June for dirt haul across the road and pipe installations.
During the road construction, speed limits are reduced to 45 mph and 55 mph within the five-mile stretch of the project.
The project has four phases and currently is in Phase 1, which ADOT expects to last until October. Phase includes the development of the new southbound lanes from the roundabout in Chino Valley toward the south end of the project.
Lewis reports that crews have recently started excavating dirt to build the two roundabouts, scheduled to be complete by October of this year.
During Phase II, the traffic will be shifted to the road constructed in Phase I, then ADOT will construct the northbound side of the highway from the power line to the existing roundabout and build the southbound lanes from the power line to Ruger Road. This phase will continue to construct parts of the new roundabouts. March is the anticipated completion of Phase II.
In Phase III, crews will complete the construction of the divided highway and the roundabouts. Phase III completion is anticipated to be July 2015.
During Phase IV, the new highway's final paving will be completed, which is estimated to be done by August 2015.
People can get more information about the project by calling the ADOT hotline at 855-712-8530, or by visiting the ADOT Traveler Information Center at az511.gov website, or calling 5-1-1.
Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2014
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17 million dollars to move the traffic jam 5 miles? Why are they not going all the way to pioneer parkway where a lot of the traffic is going? it makes no sense to leave that short stretch of 2 lane road at the airport.