Two ADOT construction projects improving US 70 in east-central Arizona

Upgrades enhancing safety on San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation

PHOENIX – Arizona Department of Transportation crews are continuing work on one construction project and will soon begin another to enhance safety along US 70 in east-central Arizona.

During the week of July 9, construction will start on a westbound passing lane near Peridot, a community on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation about 20 miles east of Globe. Crews will be widening and repaving US 70 west of San Carlos High School between mileposts 268 and 269.

The speed limit in the work zone will be reduced to 35 mph. Lane restrictions and shoulder closures are expected at times during the $2.1 million project, which is expected to be completed in October. Drivers should slow down and watch for workers and lane shifts in the work zone.

In Bylas, about halfway between Globe and Safford on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation, an ongoing project is repaving US 70 between mileposts 293 and 297. This $9 million project, which is expected to be completed by October, also includes raised medians, pedestrian walkways, a pedestrian hybrid beacon and drainage improvements.

The pedestrian hybrid beacon, which helps pedestrians safely cross the road, will be the first on the reservation. Information about how the beacon works is available at

Lane restrictions are scheduled from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, with the speed limit in the work zone reduced to 25 mph.

To learn more about these projects, visit (see Southeast District Projects).

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