After a three-day delay due to inclement weather, the new, seven-mile, four-lane stretch of the Beeline Highway known as the Sunflower bypass finally opened to northbound traffic Monday.
According to Walt Gray, a public information officer for the Arizona Department of Transportation, 11th-hour work on the northbound lanes originally scheduled to open Friday was hampered by rain.
The remainder of the bypass completion schedule also has been pushed back. The second northbound lane will temporarily open to southbound traffic April 20.
All four north and south lanes will open in early May.