I-40: Black Creek and St. Anselm Road bridges, Houck

Interstate 40 narrowed to one lane in each direction at Black Creek Bridge in northeastern Arizona

Drivers should allow extra travel time and plan for delays

Workers constructing new bridge deck on the St. Anselm bridge
Workers constructing new bridge deck on the St. Anselm bridge
Workers constructing new bridge deck on the St. Anselm bridge
Workers constructing new bridge deck on the St. Anselm bridge in Houck, Ariz., near the Arizona-New Mexico border.

Overview

Drivers on Interstate 40 should plan for ongoing lane restrictions as work continues on the Black Creek Bridge rehabilitation project. The bridge is about 12 miles west of the Arizona-New Mexico state line and 8 miles east of the junction with US 191. The project, near the community of Houck, is expected to be completed this summer. 

Work on the St. Anselm road bridge has been completed. 

What to Expect During Construction

The restrictions, which are already in place, include:

  • East- and westbound I-40 is narrowed to one lane in each direction at Black Creek Bridge (milepost 348).
  • The westbound I-40 on-ramp at St. Anselm Road is closed. 
    • Detour: Drivers must exit at Pine Springs Road, proceed south underneath the interstate and then travel eastbound on the Frontage Road to access St. Anselm Road.    
  • A 15-foot vehicle width restriction is in effect on east- and westbound I-40.

Motorists should be prepared to slow down and use caution around construction personnel and equipment.                            

The restrictions are needed so crews can safely demolish, remove and replace the existing bridge decks, reconstruct the roadway approach transitions, replace guardrails and other related work.

Over the past five years, ADOT has invested $275 million in the I-40 corridor. This investment has included minor bridge repairs and complete bridge replacements to small pavement patch jobs and miles-long pavement replacement projects.

Since 2016, ADOT has replaced pavement on about 90 miles of I-40 and repaired, upgraded or replaced 35 bridges along I-40. 

Current Restrictions and Closures

For information about current project-related restrictions and closures, please visit az511.gov or call 511, except while driving.

ADOT will provide more information about project schedules and potential traffic impacts as information becomes available. Stay informed of traffic restrictions before they occur by subscribing to receive timely traffic alerts by email.

Stay Informed

ADOT welcomes your questions and comments. Please contact us in any of these ways:

  • Online: Submit a question or comment through the ADOT website. Visit azdot.gov/Contact and then select Projects from the dropdown menu.
  • By phone: Call the ADOT Bilingual Project Information Line at 855.712.8530.
  • By mail:  Write to ADOT Community Relations, 1655 W. Jackson St., MD 126F, Phoenix, AZ 85007