Travelers on Highway 260, east of Payson, will face multiple road closures and delays in the coming days.
Arizona Department of Transportation will close a two-mile section of Highway 260, 20 miles east of Payson, at 2 p.m. Tuesday for 45 minutes. The same closure will occur through Thursday, June 16.
The closure is necessary for blasting operations. Eastbound traffic will stop at milepost 269 and westbound traffic, milepost 271.
Crews will use controlled explosives to excavate and remove rock for the new roadway.
Drivers can expect delays up to 45 minutes.
Also, on Highway 260, ADOT will restrict travel on a 20-mile segment of 260 approximately 32 miles east of Payson. For the next four weeks, crews will be chip sealing the roadway.
Work hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
The lane closures are approximately three miles long and traffic will be directed through the work zone in alternating directions. Drivers can expect delays of up to 45 minutes.
If that is not enough, ADOT will close 10 miles of Highway 260 overnight from the junction of Highway 87 in Payson to four miles east of Star Valley.
The closures will take place from 9 p.m. Monday, June 13 to 2 a.m. Tuesday, June 14 and 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 14 to 2 a.m. Wednesday, June 15.
ADOT crews will apply oil to the roadway to protect and preserve the pavement.
Highway 260 from Payson through Star Valley will be restricted to one lane in each direction and drivers should not experience major delays.
The two-lane segment of highway just east of Star Valley will be restricted to one lane and flaggers and a pilot car will direct traffic through the work zone.
Drivers should expect up to 20-minute delays.