Thursday, December 23, 2010

Allow extra travel time for Beeline restrictions

PHOENIX — Dashing between Payson and the Phoenix area this holiday season? The Arizona Department of Transportation reminds you that lane restrictions in an existing construction zone along State Route 87 could require some extra travel time during the busiest travel periods between now and New Year's weekend.

Southbound traffic is shifted to the northbound lanes with one lane in each direction from milepost 204 (about 15 miles northeast of Fountain Hills, just past the Saguaro Lake turnoff) to milepost 210. Lowered speed limits and other restrictions are in place from milepost 211 to milepost 213.

ADOT is adding a climbing lane and shoulders to southbound SR 87 and is performing erosion-control work to reinforce embankments along the roadway. Work began just after Labor Day and is slated for completion by Memorial Day 2011. The project requires around-the-clock work and periodic, brief closures for construction-related activity. Motorists are asked to obey posted speed limits in the work zone and watch for workers and heavy equipment.

No work is scheduled over the three-day Christmas and New Year's holiday weekends, but existing lane restrictions will remain in place.

ADOT plans to reopen SR 87 with two lanes in each direction before the busy summer travel season. This project is a component of the Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and is funded by the RTP and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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