Motorists between Payson, Pine and Strawberry will have to put up with occasional delays over the next two months while pullout lanes are improved along Highway 87.
Andy Radowick, an estimator with J.Banicki Construction, Inc., said his company will be working on the highway north of the landfill and may have to shut down the highway to one lane of traffic.
"People may have to wait to be taken through the area," he said. "I don't think the delays are going to be that bad. I just want to let everybody know. Maybe people who live up there know a back road."
The State Transportation Board awarded the company the contract for $440,000 for pullout lanes along six miles of Highway 87 north of Payson between mile markers 264 and 270.
Work on the project starts today (Tuesday) and includes extending existing pullouts and adding drainage culverts to the extensions south of Strawberry and south of Pine.
The restrictions on traffic should be in effect through the end of October.
Walt Gray, with ADOT Community Relations, said most of the work should not delay traffic. "They'll try to maintain two-lane traffic," he said. "When they do paving, they may have to block part of the highway."
No weekend interruption
The company will be working on the highway Mondays through Thursdays starting each day at dawn for approximately 10 to 12 hours.
Radowick said no work will be done Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays, and traffic will not be retricted during these times.