Making way for a new SR 89 bridge near Ash Fork

Old bridge over Meath Wash on State Route 89 south of Ash Fork

By David Rookhuyzen / ADOT Communications

Travelers along State Route 89 south of Ash Fork will see the bridge over Meath Wash come down as crews begin the six-month process of a removing the old structure and replacing it with a cast-in-place, two-span bridge.

Project map for Meath Wash bridge replacement on State Route 89 south of Ash Fork

The original bridge dates back to 1932 and was widened in 1947.

The replacement bridge will look like the existing one with a few small differences, such as the spans being longer and the shoulders slightly wider. Crews will also reconstruct and re-stripe the approaches to the bridge to improve sight distance because of heavy traffic in the area from a cement plant.

A detour will direct traffic around the closed bridge. Motorists should expect delays in the area while the work progresses.

The bridge itself is expected to be closed for six months, though the overall project, which started at the end of January, is scheduled to last into October.

You can check out more information about the project, and subscribe for emailed updates, at its page on our website.