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 began in July 2017 and is occurring in two phases. Crews are constructing 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.