Along with the temperature, things are heating up for the Arizona Department of Transportation by increasing progress on roadwork projects in the high country.
“Summer is the best time to do work on northern Arizona highways because the overnight temperatures need to be high enough for new pavement to cure properly,” said Audra Merrick, district engineer for ADOT’s North Central District. “These projects help repair long-term damage to pavement from multiple winters.”
While work will not be done on weekends or holidays, the highway projects could cause delays in travel.
Requiring ramp closures through early June, work has resumed along Interstate 40 between Cataract Lake and Parks west of Flagstaff, with crews repairing the ramps and guardrails at the Grand Canyon Boulevard interchange. Within that area, improvements will include fresh pavement being laid across 17 miles of I-40.
During the month of June, crews will resume paving northbound I-17 from the Coconino County line to I-40 in Flagstaff. In mid-August, repairs will start on damaged pavement along State Route 89A through Oak Creek Canyon, covering around 12 miles between uptown Sedona and the Pumphouse Wash bridge.
Real-time highway conditions are available through ADOT online, on Twitter or via phone at 511. Alerts and alternate route notifications are also available via ADOT’s mobile app.