Roadwork on the Pine Creek Canyon Road in Pine is going just about as smoothly as, well, roadwork can go, officials say.
Although the project hit a few speed bumps after work started May 1 — mostly with utilities — residents and motorists have been cooperative and patient, said Steve Stratton, Gila County public works director.
Work includes widening and paving roughly 5,000 feet of Pine Creek Canyon Road starting from the intersection with Highway 87. Work is expected to wrap up in late October.
In Phase I of the project, crews are moving a water main across the street and replacing it with new piping, along with adding nine new fire hydrants.
The contractor has so far installed more than 700 feet of new, 8-inch pipe and two fire hydrants.
The Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District (PSWID) is funding this part of the project, which should take roughly 30 more days to complete, Stratton said.
Each PSWID customer within the project zone along Pine Creek Canyon Road will receive a new meter by the end of June, said Brad Cole, district manager with PSWID.
Phase II of the project will take roughly 90 days as contractors widen and repave the roadway and make drainage improvements.
“Everything is going fairly well,” Stratton said. “We have had a few problems with utilities.”
Although detours are inconvenient, most motorists have understood, Stratton said.
The county is funding the project with a half-cent transportation excise tax.
For more information, visit www.pinecreekroad.com or call (928) 472-5300.