I-40 Bridge, Pavement Improvements East of Holbrook

I-40 Bridge, Pavement Improvements East of Holbrook



Project Cost: $30 million

The Arizona Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Navajo Nation, has initiated two projects east of Holbrook along Interstate 40 this spring. They include:

  • Dead River Bridge Rehabilitation (milepost 316) 
  • A pavement life-extension project roughly between Pinta and McCarrell roads near the community of Chambers (mileposts 319-331)

Work on these projects is scheduled to begin on April 22, 2024 and be completed by fall 2025.

Project Area Map

Map I-40 Dead River Bridge rehabilitation


Dead River Bridge Rehabilitation

The eastbound I-40 bridge over Dead River will be rehabilitated to extend the life of the existing bridge. The work will include:

  • Replacing the existing bridge deck including concrete slabs and superstructures, as needed. (The bridge deck is the top-riding surface of the bridge that motorists drive on)
  • Removing and replacing guardrails and barriers.
  • Improving the roadway bridge approach and departure to match the new deck elevation.


Pavement Life Extension

The work consists of removing the existing top layer of pavement along the 12-mile segment of I-40 and replacing it with an asphalt-mix overlay to improve pavement conditions and the driving surface. The work also includes guardrail installation, drainage improvements, pavement markers and striping.


What to Expect During Construction

For the Dead River Bridge Rehabilitation project, traffic on the bridge will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Drivers will share the westbound lanes on the bridge with one lane for each direction. This traffic configuration will remain in place for the duration of the bridge project.

During the pavement life-extension project, drivers should plan for lane restrictions and reduced speed limits on I-40 while the pavement work is completed.  A minimum of one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction throughout the project.

Drivers need to be prepared to stop when approaching the work zones, drive slowly when driving through the work zones and use caution around construction personnel and equipment while the restrictions are in place.

ADOT will post information about traffic restrictions and closures as it becomes available. To receive traffic alerts and other updates by email, please subscribe here.

You can also stay informed of real-time, project-related traffic restrictions by visiting az511.gov or call 511, except while driving.

Schedules are subject to change because of weather or other unforeseen factors. Remember to slow down and use caution around construction workers and equipment. 


Stay Informed

  • By email: Subscribe to receive traffic alerts and project updates directly to your email.
  • By phone: 602.550.8397
    Línea Bilingüe de Información del Proyecto ADOT: 855.712.8530
  • Online: Submit a question or comment to [email protected]
  • By mail: Ryan Harding, ADOT Community Relations, 1655 W. Jackson St., MD 126F, Phoenix, AZ 85007.