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As the Arizona Department of Transportation continues repair work on the slope that caused a landslide in March, crews will need to close one lane on State Route (SR) 87 in the construction zone.
Beginning today, Wednesday, July 16, at 5:30 a.m., the right-hand (southbound) lane of SR 87 between milepost 224 and 226 will be closed for up to nine days, weather permitting. One southbound lane will be kept open, and this closure will not affect northbound traffic.
This closure will allow crews to install a 48-inch wide pipe that will improve drainage and further stabilize the slope on the west side of the highway.
Expect delays on Highway 87 at the March 2008 landslide area after crews close the southbound lanes of traffic for 16 days starting May 4.
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) will close the southbound lanes near Sunflower for a mile, and shift southbound traffic to one of the northbound lanes from May 4 to May 20, said public information officer Bill Williams.
The work will begin at 9 p.m., Monday, May 4, with the closure of both southbound lanes at the junction of Highway 188, routing traffic to Globe until 5 a.m., Tuesday, May 5.
ADOT will then open one lane in each direction on the northbound side, with a 45 mph speed limit and no loads wider than 12 feet allowed until May 20.
The closures will allow crews to work on last year’s landslide near Slate Creek. Workers will remove concrete barriers and install a 12-foot-wide drain pipe adjacent to the southbound lanes.
Phase two of the project began in early 2009 and includes the construction of a retaining wall on the west side of SR 87 and additional erosion-control measures.
After the southbound lanes are reopened, Williams said construction should continue for another two to three months.
The March 21, 2008 landslide at milepost 223 closed the highway for a week. The damage from the largest landslide in ADOT history has already taken a year and $8 million to repair.
“There has not been one of that size or magnitude,” Williams said.
Dschur wrote:The damage from the largest landslide in ADOT history has already taken a year and $8 million to repair.
Restrictions on Highway 87, north of Bush Highway, starting Sept. 10
September 8, 2010
A six-mile stretch of Highway 87 north of the Bush Highway/Saguaro Lake Turnoff has been switched to one lane of travel in each direction, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Crews’ narrowed northbound Highway 87 to one lane Tuesday, four miles north of the Bush Highway interchange. Southbound Highway 87 traffic will be narrowed to one lane and shifted on Friday, Sept. 10. Both directions of traffic will share the highway’s northbound lanes.
The traffic switch allows crews to continue work on a $10.7 million project. The project includes adding a mile-and-a-half stretch of a third southbound lane, reinforcing shoulders and embankments and modifying slopes. The overall project between New Four Peaks Road and Dos S Ranch Road also includes erosion control along a mile-long segment near milepost 212, south of the community of Sunflower.
While work started in June, the traffic switch was delayed to avoid affecting traffic over the Labor Day weekend.
The traffic switch will be in place until late spring 2011, with major restrictions lifted before next year’s Memorial Day weekend.
For the latest information about highway conditions across Arizona visit ADOT’s Travel Information site at www.az511.gov or call 5-1-1.
The project is funded through a combination of funds from the Maricopa Association of Governments’ Regional Transportation Plan and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Dschur wrote:New information on Highway 87 or the Beeline Hwy.... From Sept 10, 2010- May 2011
Grasshopper wrote:total traffic nightmare
chumley wrote:It took 30 minutes to go the two miles, and then the 8 miles of single-lane traffic took about 15 minutes more.
Nighthiker wrote:Been to Payson four times the past two weeks weekdays and weekends, breezed right thru no traffic and no delay.
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