Southwest District Projects

Interstate 8 and Araby Road (State Route 195) Traffic Interchange Improvements

Project Background

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have identified the need to improve the Interstate 8 / Araby Road (SR 195) traffic interchange to improve safety and ease traffic congestion.

An $8.1 million project funded by the FHWA Highway Safety Improvement Program is scheduled to begin in mid-July 2017
and occur in two phases. Crews will construct two, two-lane modern roundabouts and associated ramps to I-8 and Gila Ridge Road. This project also includes construction of storm drains, a retention basin, concrete barriers and retaining walls and installing lighting and landscaping.

One roundabout will be located north of I-8 and serve Araby Road and the westbound ramps. The other roundabout will be south of I-8 and serve Araby Road, the eastbound ramps and Gila Ridge Road.

The intersection of I-8 and Araby road is among the busiest in Yuma and is used by approximately 22,000 vehicles per day. The new roundabouts will provide a high level of service beyond traffic projections for 2035 and will fit into the existing ADOT right-of-way. No new right-of-way is needed to accommodate this project.

Two Phases of Construction

To minimize the impact on the produce season, ADOT has scheduled work to occur in two phases:

  • Phase 1 will occur on the north side of the interchange from summer-fall 2017.Construction is scheduled to begin July 17, 2017.
  • Phase 2 is scheduled to occur on the south side of the interchange from summer-fall 2018.
    (Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors.)
Impacts to Traffic

Drivers should expect delays and detours, as lane restrictions on I-8 and ramp closures at Gila Ridge and Araby roads will be necessary during construction. Alternate routes will include Avenue 8 ½ E and Avenue 3E. ADOT will maintain one lane of traffic in each direction on Araby Road while construction is underway, but drivers should plan for reduced speed limits and delays.

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Roundabouts: A Feasible Solution

A comprehensive traffic study determined that modern roundabouts are the best choice to meet traffic needs well into the future. Modern roundabouts often provide a better solution than signalized intersections because they are safer and more efficient.

The new roundabouts at I-8 and Araby Road are designed to accommodate large commercial trucks, agricultural equipment and recreational vehicles. Several area trucking and agricultural stakeholders provided input on the design to ensure even the largest trucks can navigate through the roundabouts.

Questions or comments? Contact the ADOT Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or email Projects@azdot.gov.

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Civil RightsTitle VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ADOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. Persons that require a reasonable accommodation based on language or disability should contact ADOT’s Civil Rights Office at civilrightsoffice@azdot.gov. Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the accommodation.

De acuerdo con el título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964 y la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés), el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT por sus siglas en inglés) no discrimina por raza, color, nacionalidad, edad, género o discapacidad.  Personas que requieren asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por el idioma o por discapacidad deben ponerse en contacto con la Oficina de Derechos Civiles en civilrightsoffice@azdot.gov. Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más pronto posible para asegurar que el equipo encargado del proyecto tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.