A weekly list of City projects or encroachment permits authorized by the City of Yuma affecting busy streets.
16th Street and 4th Avenue
Work to widen and improve the 16th Street and 4th Avenue intersection is underway. One lane of through traffic will remain open in each direction. Right turn restrictions remain in place for large trucks and semitrailers. Access the Yuma Mesa Shopping Center via northbound 4th Avenue or eastbound 16th Street; left turns in and out of the center will be prohibited from this point forward.
The City asks all motorists to plan ahead and to obey the reduced speed limit. Those using residential streets as detour routes are asked to respect the 25 mph speed limit and be attentive for children and pets. While business access will be maintained at all times, those seeking through traffic routes may wish to avoid the construction zone, using roads such as 24th St., 8th St., or 32nd St. for east-west through traffic, and Arizona Ave., Ave. A, Pacific Ave., or Ave. B for north-south through traffic.
On Monday, Apr. 24, and Tuesday, Apr. 25, the 16th Street and 4th Avenue intersection will be restricted to right turns only to accommodate laying the top layer of pavement throughout the intersection. Those not traveling to a destination in the immediate area are encouraged to plan and use alternate route and stay clear of the construction zone. Those utilizing neighborhood side streets as a temporary detour are asked to please respect the driving conditions on residential streets. Once this work is complete, the intersection will be reopened to at least one lane of through traffic in each direction on Wednesday and Thursday of the same week. Access to the Yuma Mesa Shopping Center during this paving operation will remain available via northbound 4th Avenue only; left turns in and out of the center will be prohibited during the pavement operations.
I-8, Giss Parkway - ADOT (updated)
Latest update: The westbound off and on ramps at I-8 and Giss Parkway are closed, as of Monday, Apr. 10, and will remain closed through mid-June. Drivers are asked to use an alternate route, such as 16th Street or 4th Avenue. The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) will maintain two-way traffic on Giss Parkway and access to businesses in the work zone.
This is part of an ADOT project to improve the interchange area of westbound Interstate 8 and Giss Parkway is underway, and will take approximately seven months to complete. The $1.8 million project will consist of the construction of a two-lane roundabout at the interchange to accommodate commercial trucks and other large vehicles. Work will also improve drainage, intersection lighting, signage and lane striping. Additionally, "Share the Road" signs will be installed to make accommodations for cyclists. Access to businesses near the work zone will be maintained during construction. Closures of the I-8 westbound ramps are to be expected while work is underway. Drivers will be asked to use alternate routes, including the 16th Street exit. The speed limit in the work zone will be reduced. Drivers should watch for construction personnel and equipment, and obey all posted speed limits and signs.
24th Street, 4th Avenue night work
Beginning on Monday, April 17, the streetlight at the intersection of 24th Street and 4th Avenue will be dark during the night hours and a four-way stop will be in place as crews install new traffic signals and new underground wiring. This work and traffic control will be in place between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., from April 17 to April 21. During the day time, the signals will return to normal operating mode.
1st Ave., 24th - 26th streets
Beginning as early as March 6, crews will begin a project to relocate a waterline along 1st Avenue and Madison Avenue, between 24th and 26th streets. Additionally, they will be replacing pavement along 1st Avenue and replacing four sewer manholes in that area. Work is scheduled to be complete by July 4.
10th Ave., 2nd Street
There will be a partial road closure along 10th Avenue near its intersection with 2nd Street for a project to permanently abandon a gas service. The project will take one day to complete and will be scheduled sometime between Mar. 24 and Jun. 24. While crews are in the area to work on the gas service line, the sidewalk along 10th Avenue near 2nd Street will also be closed. Signs will be posted near the workzone to alert drivers as they approach.
18th St., 4th-6th avenues
A project to install a bond wire on 18th Street between 4th and 6th avenues will require a road closure. Work will take a total of one day, and will be scheduled sometime before May 27. During the one-day project, there will be a partial closure of 18th Street. Additionally, 5th Avenue will be closed to through traffic between 17th and 18th Street. Detours include 4th and 6th avenues.
Drivers will not be permitted to use the nearby alleyways that are located between 4th and 5th avenues and between 5th and 6th avenues as a detour.
Magnolia Ave., 3rd St. - Colorado St.
A partial closure along Magnolia Avenue will be needed for shoulder work along the roadway from 3rd Street to Colorado Street, and then east to 9th Avenue, as crews access a manhole to pull a fiber cable through an existing conduit. Work is to be completed by May 26. Traffic control signs will be posted in the work zones as crews move throughout the area. Additionally, there will be no parking permitted along some sidewalks near the work zone while crews are in the area.
Araby Road, I-8 waterline relocation
A project to relocate a waterline on Araby Road near its intersection with Interstate-8 will begin March 13 and finish in June. More details regarding changes to traffic in the area will be released when they become available.
8th St., Castle Dome - Pacific Ave.
8th Street is closed between Castle Dome and Pacific Avenue. Pacific Avenue is closed to through traffic north of 12th Street, and closed to all traffic north of 8th Street. Roadway, water and sewer work is being done in conjunction with the Pacific Avenue Athletic Complex. Detour by using 12th Street between Pacific and Castle Dome Avenue. The project is anticipated to be complete in late summer.
Avenue 3E/US 95
A nine-month project to widen and improve both US 95 and Avenue 3E is currently under way. Beginning the week of Jan. 24, crews will be installing a 48-inch concrete irrigation pipe on the north side of Highway 95. Drivers are asked to be aware that no left turns are permitted at Highway 95, though left and right turns onto Highway 95 from northbound Avenue 3E are permitted. The north section of Avenue 3E at the intersection is closed to traffic.
Highway 95 is reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction from Avenue 3E to Araby Road (a stretch of approximately 3.5 miles) as part of the construction for this project. The speed limit in the area will be reduced to 25 mph. Drivers will not be permitted to turn left throughout the work area, in neither westbound nor eastbound directions. This portion of work is to be completed by the end of April.
The $3.2 million project will widen both roads to five lanes and to include a turn lane. Work will take place on Avenue 3E from north of the Interstate-8 interchange to past the US 95 intersection, as well as on US 95 from about 500 feet west of the Avenue 3E intersection to just past the Araby Road intersection. Both roads are expected to remain open with lane restrictions in place while the project is underway. Drivers are asked to find alternate routes to avoid potential delays. The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) will maintain access to businesses in the work zone and keep both roadways open during construction. The project is scheduled to be completed by August 2017.
U.S. 95 at Fortuna Wash - ADOT
Work is under way on the bridge on U.S. Highway 95 spanning Fortuna Wash northeast of Yuma and is expected to be completed by next winter. The bridge is going in at milepost 34, approximately 12 miles northeast of Yuma and 10 miles south of the turnoff (Imperial Dam Road) to Yuma Proving Ground. Crews are scheduled to work weekdays between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. Motorists should allow extra travel time as lane restrictions will be in place and flaggers will occasionally need to alternate traffic through the work zone.
20th St., between Arizona and Walnut avenues
As part of a project to replace a steel main line near the northwest corner of Arizona Avenue and 20th Street, additional traffic control will be in place. This includes a lane shift for southbound traffic approaching the intersection along Arizona Avenue, and a separate full closure of Arizona Avenue when necessary. Additionally, 20th Street will be closed between Arizona Avenue and Walnut Avenue to all traffic for a portion of the project. The project is expected finish by mid-May.
I-8 west of 4th Ave. - Caltrans (updated)
Caltrans crews continue to work on the reconstruction of Interstate-8 in Imperial County, west of Yuma, to extend the life expectancy of the pavement from State Route 111 to the border with Arizona. Associated lane closures and detours may cause significant delays. Signage will be posted alerting motorists of the work and associated detours. The segment of work closest to Yuma is located west of SR-186 to the state line where Arizona meets California.
Update: Caltrans will close the eastbound Interstate-8 (I-8) on and off ramps at Fourth Avenue (exit 172), beginning Tuesday, April 18, as part of this project. Drivers are asked to detour using Winterhaven Drive to Fourth Avenue. Signage will be in place to direct traffic.
Over-sized vehicles and farm vehicles wider than 12 feet are prohibited from traveling westbound on I-8 between Stateline Road and the Winterhaven Drive/4th Avenue; those vehicles should exit at Giss Parkway. Detours are in place and ongoing through 2017.
Spring Slurry Seal
The Spring Slurry Seal project will conclude Saturday, April 15, with one more portion near 24th Street and Avenue B to take place at a later date. Information will be added to the City Road Report as soon as it is available.
City Street Maintenance - Asphalt maintenance crews will conduct operations in various locations as needed the week of Apr. 17-21.