Highway Traffic Delays Expected This Week

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New restrictions and closures on Highway 260 will delay motorists by about 15 minutes through Friday, Jan. 26.

Highway 260 will be reduced to one lane at Preacher Canyon all week, with delays up to 15 minutes expected. Flaggers will be in the area to direct traffic.

A test blast also will be performed in the Preacher Canyon area sometime during the week. When this blasting period occurs, the roadway will be completely closed and the area will be secured.

ADOT estimates that traffic will be stopped for 15 minutes during the blasting.

Meanwhile, nighttime hauling will continue from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays. Traffic delays are expected to be minimal during the night work, but motorists are asked to observe the posted 45 mph speed limit and watch for flaggers who will be in the area to direct traffic.

The construction work is part of a 20-year program to widen 50 miles of Highway 260 between Payson and Heber. D.H. Blattner and Sons, Inc. is the contractor on the Preacher Canyon portion of the project between mileposts 260 and 263.

The Preacher Canyon portion includes building six bridges, two that will span the canyon and four for wildlife crossings. This first phase of the project is expected to be finished in late 2002.

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