A six-mile stretch of Highway 87 north of the Bush Highway/Saguaro Lake Turnoff has been switched to one lane of travel in each direction, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Crews’ narrowed northbound Highway 87 to one lane Tuesday, four miles north of the Bush Highway interchange. Southbound Highway 87 traffic will be narrowed to one lane and shifted on Friday, Sept. 10. Both directions of traffic will share the highway’s northbound lanes.
The traffic switch allows crews to continue work on a $10.7 million project. The project includes adding a mile-and-a-half stretch of a third southbound lane, reinforcing shoulders and embankments and modifying slopes. The overall project between New Four Peaks Road and Dos S Ranch Road also includes erosion control along a mile-long segment near milepost 212, south of the community of Sunflower.
While work started in June, the traffic switch was delayed to avoid affecting traffic over the Labor Day weekend.
The traffic switch will be in place until late spring 2011, with major restrictions lifted before next year’s Memorial Day weekend.
For the latest information about highway conditions across Arizona visit ADOT’s Travel Information site at www.az511.gov or call 5-1-1.
The project is funded through a combination of funds from the Maricopa Association of Governments’ Regional Transportation Plan and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.