Reconstruction of San Carlos River Bridge on US 70 east of Globe begins Monday
Traffic will be restricted to one lane at the bridge until 2013
September 9, 2011
The Arizona Department of Transportation will begin reconstruction of the San Carlos River Bridge on US 70 near the communities of Peridot and San Carlos on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation Monday (September 12). Eastbound and westbound US 70 traffic will be directed through one open lane across the bridge at milepost 271, located approximately 21 miles east of Globe.
Lane restrictions at the US 70 San Carlos River Bridge will be as follows:
September 12-14: Crews will close the westbound lane from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday to work on a sewer bypass. Flaggers will be onsite to direct traffic through one open lane.
September 15- summer 2012: Beginning Thursday, the eastbound lane on US 70 will be closed through next summer for demolition and reconstruction of the south half of the bridge. Crews will work daily from sunrise to sunset Monday through Friday for the duration of the project. A temporary traffic signal will direct eastbound and westbound traffic through one open lane 24 hours per day.
Summer 2012- spring 2013: Once the south side of the bridge has been reconstructed, crews will begin working on the north side of the bridge and the westbound lane will be closed. Crews will continue to work from sunrise to sunset Monday through Friday. A temporary traffic signal will continue to direct traffic through one open lane 24 hours per day until early 2013 when the project is scheduled to be completed.
What to expect during construction:
- The quarter-mile construction zone is located at milepost 271.
- Motorists should expect delays of up to 10 minutes during peak traffic times.
- The speed limit will be reduced to 35 mph through the construction zone.
- Crews will work from sunrise to sunset Monday through Friday.
- Oversized loads exceeding 12' are not allowed through the construction zone for the duration of the project.
- Drivers should proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.
Motorists on US 70 traveling between Globe and Safford, and in the nearby communities of Peridot and San Carlos should plan ahead when traveling in the area.
The US 70 San Carlos River Bridge was constructed in 1957 and it is located 21 miles east of Globe on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation at the Highway 170 Interchange, just south of the communities of Peridot and San Carlos. The $10 million project includes reconstruction of the bridge and other improvements that are scheduled for completion in early 2013.
The project schedule is subject to change due to a variety of reasons, including weather, material availability and mechanical difficulties.
For information about the transportation of oversized/overweight loads through the construction zone, please call ADOT Commercial Permits at 602.712.8851 or go to www.azdot.gov/mvd.
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.
Visit ADOT’s Travel Information site at az511, call 5-1-1 within Arizona,or 1.888.411.ROAD outside the state for current information regarding road conditions statewide.
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