ADOT to improve roadway drainage on US 163 near Kayenta

Drivers should expect delays, plan extra travel time

PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Transportation is starting a project next week to improve the drainage system along US 163 north of Kayenta and make the road safer for travel during rain storms.

US 163 Project MapWork on the $3.75 million project will occur between mileposts 400 and 401 and includes removing the existing pavement; extending the pipe culvert that carries storm water under the roadway; and repaving the highway.

Drivers traveling between Kayenta and the Utah state line will use a temporary detour right alongside US 163 through the work zone. Drivers should expect periodic closures on US 163 and intermittent delays of up to 30 minutes.

The project is scheduled to last about six months.

Work schedules and restrictions are subject to change due to inclement weather or other factors. To stay up to date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at or call 511.