The Arizona Department of Transportation has rescheduled the blast on State Route 260 15 miles east of Payson from 2 p.m. on Monday to 2 p.m. on Tuesday. The blast was rescheduled to due to the heavy rain over the weekend. ADOT will close a two-mile segment of the highway for about an hour each day beginning at 2 p.m. on Tuesday (July 13) and Thursday (July 15). Eastbound traffic will be stopped at approximately milepost 265 and westbound traffic will be stopped at approximately milepost 267.
The roadway will be closed while workers blast and clear material to provide room to widen the highway. ADOT advises drivers to plan ahead to drive through the work zone before 2 p.m. or after 3 p.m. to avoid delays.
Drivers should allow extra time to reach their destinations. Speed limits are reduced and a width restriction of 10 feet is in place. Message boards, temporary barricades and signage will guide motorists through the work zone.
ADOT advises drivers to slow down, be alert for workers and heavy equipment, and anticipate delays as construction continues until fall 2011.