State Route 260 project heading to winter hiatus with major work finished
Crews to return next year to lay final layer of pavement
Due to a colder, wetter October than anticipated, final work on the State Route 260 widening project between Camp Verde and Cottonwood will take place next spring, including putting down the final pavement layer known as a friction course.
However, the Arizona Department of Transportation was able to complete all major work on the $62 million project this year. In the 9-mile stretch, crews constructed two lanes in each direction separated by a median, opened seven roundabouts at major intersections and completed a new bridge over Cherry Creek near Cherry Creek Road.
All lanes and roundabouts between Interstate 17 and Thousand Trails Road will be open to traffic before the project shuts down for the winter. There will be no construction-related restrictions in place.
Original plans called for the final layer of pavement to go in before winter hiatus, followed by permanent lane striping in the spring. After unusually wet weather from remnants of Hurricane Rosa combined with a drop in temperatures, both of these final steps will be completed in the spring.
The road surface needs to be around 85 degrees in order for new pavement to cure properly.
ADOT’s contractor had begun preparing the roadway for the final pavement layer when weather conditions forced the decision to finish next year. As a result, the road surface, while smooth and safe to drive on, will be a bit noisier than it otherwise would with the final pavement layer.
SR 260 improvement project begins near Camp Verde
Nine miles will become four-lane divided highway west of I-17
To enhance safety and improve traffic flow in a growing area of the Verde Valley, the Arizona Department of Transportation started upgrading nine miles of State Route 260 to four-lane divided highway between Camp Verde and Cottonwood west of Interstate 17.
The $62 million project, which began in early March, will create seven roundabout intersections at Thousand Trails Road, Coury Drive, Cherry Creek Road, Horseshoe Bend Drive, Wilshire Road and two locations that will accommodate future development.
The work will pick up from the two miles of divided highway that stretch from the edge of Cottonwood down to Thousand Trails Road and also tie in to the roundabout construction on SR 260 east of I-17 at Industrial Drive, a busy commercial area of Camp Verde.
“Once completed, the project will provide safer and easier travel for local residents and visitors in the Verde Valley region,” said Alvin Stump, district engineer for ADOT’s Northwest District.
Crews will start just west of I-17 at Wilshire Road and will begin dirt excavation. One travel lane in each direction, the current number, will be maintained throughout the project. ADOT will work to keep drivers up to date on any necessary closures or restrictions.
The project is expected to be completed in approximately 18 months.