Both northbound lanes of the newly-realigned Beeline Highway at Sunflower have been opened to traffic, finishing the 80-mile stretch of four-lane highway between Payson and the Valley.
A final thin layer of rubberized asphalt was placed over three lanes of the seven-mile Sunflower bypass earlier this week, and the final southbound lane will be done Thursday, according to Myron Robison, resident engineer for the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) in Payson.
Temporary pavement striping will be done Friday morning.
The two southbound lanes opened to traffic before the Memorial Day weekend after basic paving was completed. The layer of rubberized asphalt called a friction course adds durability and smoothness to the pavement.
Only one northbound lane has been available up to now.
Robison said some miscellaneous work remains, including grinding rumble strips on the shoulders and applying the permanent pavement striping. This work will require only short lane closures during daylight hours on weekdays, he said.
All work will be finished by the end of June, Robison said.
The $55.6 million Sunflower realignment was constructed as a joint venture of Meadow Valley Contractors, Inc., of Phoenix and R.E. Monks Construction of Fountain Hills.