Paving operations on a 10-mile stretch of State Route 87 south of Winslow will begin on Monday, Aug. 16, resulting in 15-minute delays for motorists traveling between Winslow and Payson.
Paving will be done in three-mile segments from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday until the work is completed in mid-September, according to Harry Juergens, a project supervisor for the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) in Holbrook.
Juergens said traffic will be restricted to one lane and escort vehicles will guide motorists through the work zone in one direction at a time, resulting in the 15-minute delays.
The speed limit will be reduced and speeds will be monitored by the Department of Public Safety.
FNF Construction, Inc., of Tempe, the prime contractor for the $1.7 million project, will cover the highway with two-and-a-half inches of asphalt rubber to correct cracking and deterioration caused by aging. The asphalt rubber layer will increase smoothness and durability.
The firm already has completed the first phase of the project, which included blasting a few rock outcroppings to prevent rocks from falling on the highway.
Debris from the blasting was hauled to Winslow.
After the paving is completed, there will be intermittent traffic restrictions for pavement striping and rumble strip work, Juergens said.
All work will be finished in early October.