Interstate 40 Bridges: Painted Desert, Navajo, Chambers, Querino
The Arizona Department of Transportation has finished reconstructing four bridges on I-40 east of Holbrook. The last bridge, Painted Desert, was opened to traffic March 7 and now all four bridges are open. Minor clean up work will be taking place until the first of April.
Painted Desert Interchange: I-40 Milepost 311
Work on the Painted Desert interchange started Nov. 12, 2013. A detour map for this construction was added in the maps tab on this project page. The interchange is the only access from I-40 to the Petrified Forest National Park. Motorists traveling east on I-40 accessed the park by taking U.S. Route 180 from Holbrook to the south entrance, or they proceeded past the north entrance on I-40 to the next interchange at Pinta Road (milepost 320), turned around and entered the north entrance to the park. View the detour map.
Navajo Interchange: I-40 Milepost 325
Work on the Navajo interchange consisted of replacing the bridge's deck. Work began in August 2013 and was complete in December.
Chambers Interchange: I-40 Milepost 333
Work on the Chambers interchange, which included work on the structure and replacing the bridge deck, started May 2013 and has now been completed. The bridge is now open to traffic. View photos.
Querino Interchange: I-40 Milepost 343
Work on the Querino interchange, which began in July 2013, has been completed. The bridge is now open to traffic. Work consisted of replacing the eastbound bridge deck.