Road report for week of June 23
Motorists attempting to navigate the various road construction
projects in and around the Yuma area are advised of the current
conditions for the week of June 23.
Share your experiences and or frustrations in the comment area below:
AREA SERVICE HIGHWAY
(1) The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) continues
construction on the new State Route 195, also known as the Area Service
Araby Road traffic will be restricted to the new pavement on the west side of the roadway with one lane in each direction.
All turns onto Araby Road south of 32nd Street will be restricted until construction south to 40th Street is completed, which is scheduled for the end of August.
(2) The next phase will widen the intersection of County 14th Street at Avenue 6-1/2E and construct a new roadway northward on the alignment of Araby Road for two miles to 40th Street. Once this work is completed, SR 195 will be open to traffic from County 14th Street to Interstate 8. The entire project is scheduled for completion in September 2009.
24TH STREET WIDENING BETWEEN AVENUE 6E AND 9E
(3) Slowdowns and turn restrictions remain likely in this area as a result of this major road widening and construction project, which will continue into this fall. Additions to the original contract for this project have resulted from conflicts with utilities; removal and replacement of manholes and water service locations; the addition of a wate line along Avenue 7E (both design and construction); the adjustment of fencing due to grade differences and finalization of right of entry documentation. The project's estimated completion date is now Oct. 31, 2008.
AVENUE A AND PALMCROFT DRIVE
(4) Work is under way on the intersection of Avenue A and Palmcroft Drive. Workers will e improving that intersection including relocating Palmcroft Drive and the Kofa High School entrance on Avenue A; constructing a southbound right turn lane; and installing a new traffic signal. As part of this project, work will be done on the parking lot of Smucker Park that will necessitate a partial closure of the popular walking path. Walkers can still use most of the trail but will not be able to complete a full circle around the track. Once the intersection and parking lot are finished a new walking path will be built.
(5) As part of the Villa Hermosa neighborhood street replacement project, 20th Street is closed to all traffic from Avenue B to Athens Avenue until mid-August. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area and use 24th Street and 16th Street during the closure period, which is timed to take advantage of summer break at nearby Centennial Middle School and Pueblo Elementary School. Access to Pablo's and Dairy Queen at the southwest corner of 20th Street and Avenue B is available via Avenue B. Motorists should practice extreme caution as these access points are typically used as exits for each business' drive through.
Villa Hermosa water line and street reconstruction project - The Villa Hermosa Subdivision No. 2 street reconstruction project is under way in the area bounded by Avenue B, 22nd Street, Thacker Canal and 20th Street. Work scheduled to be done in this area includes: Placing various sizes of water lines; valves; fire hydrants; removal and replacement of curb and gutter, sidewalk, driveways, and concrete valley gutter; sidewalk ramps; pavement removal and replacement; street lighting and miscellaneous construction. Anticipated completion time frame is November 2008.
Avenue 7E at 32nd Street - Avenue 7E is closed south of 32nd Street and 32nd Street has been reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction at this intersection.
Neighborhood street reconstruction - Neighborhood water line and pavement replacement is under way in the "avenues" area bounded by 16th Street, 4th Avenue, 19th Street and Avenue A. Some sidewalks and select deteriorating driveways will be replaced also. Expected completion of this project is end of June 2008. Residents should be directly receiving advance notice of dates when their street will be impacted. Major street reconstruction phase is under way.
SOURCE: City of Yuma