Friday, September 7, 2012

260 traffic shift rescheduled

Delays up to 30 minutes
starting 5 p.m. Monday


As progress continues on the State Route 260 Doubtful Canyon widening project east of Payson, eastbound and westbound drivers will begin using the newly paved eastbound lanes by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. The roadway will be narrowed to one lane at milepost 271 from 5 p.m. Monday, Sept 10 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 as crews complete paving the transition to the new eastbound lanes. The traffic shift was originally scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 6, but was delayed due to equipment issues.

Motorists can expect delays of up to 30 minutes as a pilot car and flaggers guide traffic through the work zone in alternating directions.

The project will transform three miles of SR 260 from a two-lane road to a four-lane divided highway between the previously improved Kohl's Ranch and Christopher Creek segments. The widening of SR 260 at Doubtful Canyon is the fifth of six projects planned to improve the highway from Star Valley to the Mogollon Rim.

The $29 million widening project is scheduled to be completed by late spring 2013. Five of the six new bridges are complete and work will start on the final bridge on westbound SR 260 over Doubtful Canyon after traffic has been shifted to the new lanes.

Work on the project will be suspended during the winter months as temperatures will be too low to allow rubberized asphalt paving and concrete work.  

Drivers should adjust their travel schedules and allow extra time to reach their destinations. Message boards, temporary barricades, and signage will guide drivers through the work zone. ADOT advises drivers to proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.

ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule. To stay up-to-date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at or call 5-1-1.

For more information about this project, please visit or contact Tricia Lewis, Prescott District senior community relations officer, at 928.606.2420 or Visit, or for more information about ADOT. For more information about ADOT projects and programs across Arizona see the agency's latest blog posts at 

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