Improvements To Houston Mesa Road On Schedule

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A $1-million cooperative venture on Houston Mesa Road between the Arizona Department of Transportation, the U.S. Forest Service and Gila County, that began in early December, will most likely be completed sometime this spring.

"They're moving right along," said Forest Service Highway Project Coordinator Rob Ingram. "Traffic is now moving on the realigned portion of Red Hill."

Ingram said the new section of road took out a sharp S curve.

"Traffic is now on the new alignment with a traffic detour," he said.

The project, funded with federal and county money, includes 1 1/2 miles of realignment and paving ending at the East Verde bridge past Beaver Valley.

Ingram said the workers need to have consistently warmer temperatures to pave for longer periods of time.

"That won't happen till April or March," he said.

Bison Contracting of Phoenix, the company working on the Houston Mesa Road project, also did the work at the Whispering Pines bridge.

"I think it's looking good out there," Ingram said. "It's going to be a long-term improvement for this area."

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