A tanker fire near Kohl's Ranch in June was quickly extinguished, but the contamination it left behind is still creating work for the Arizona Department of Transportation.
On June 21, a tanker, filled with red dye diesel, overturned and caught fire. The tanker contained about 7,500 gallons of the fuel -- what didn't burn off, soaked the ground.
ADOT crews are busy with the hazardous materials cleanup, said Sue Mack of the Payson ADOT construction office.
"When we saw the asphalt bubbling, we thought ‘oh no' -- it was a brand new road," Mack said. To remove the hazardous material, ADOT is excavating the area.
"It was a bigger area than what we thought at first," Mack said. Until the cleanup is complete, traffic is being restricted in the area to a single lane.
The excavated site is scheduled for backfilling and repaving in the next two to three weeks. The work should be completed by mid-September, Mack said.