State Route 89 bridge work, closure postponed for a week due to weather

Those traveling between Prescott and I-40 should consider alternate routes

PHOENIX ‒ Bridge work requiring a four-hour closure of State Route 89 at Hell Canyon (milepost 346), 13 miles north of Chino Valley, has been postponed for a week due to inclement weather and will now begin at 9 p.m. Friday, May 13.

Pouring a concrete deck for the bridge is one of the final steps in readying a $14.4 million bridge scheduled to open to traffic in mid-June.

Motorists planning to use SR 89 between I-40 and Prescott between 9 p.m. Friday, May 13, and 1 a.m. Saturday, May 14, should either change the time of their travel or consider alternate routes, including I-17 and I-40 through Flagstaff or US 93.

The 665-foot-long, two-lane bridge will replace one built in 1954. It will feature wider travel lanes to accommodate heavier loads.

As with any work zone, drivers should approach 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 511.