A weekly list of City projects or encroachment permits authorized by the City of Yuma affecting busy streets.
16th Street and 4th Avenue
Construction for the 16th Street and 4th Avenue intersection improvements project is under way. The following is the latest update: Curbside and dirt removal work continues along westbound and eastbound 16th Street, which will reduce traffic along 16th Street to one lane in each direction. Left turns may be restricted from 16th Street during certain phases of work. Northbound and southbound lanes on 4th Avenue will also experience lane restrictions this week to accommodate water and sewer line work. This will reduce traffic along 4th Avenue to one lane in each direction at times. Right turn restrictions remain in place for large trucks and semitrailers.
The City asks all motorists to be aware of this project, to continue planning ahead, and to please obey the reduced speed limits. This means leaving earlier, and/or choosing an alternate route away from the construction zone, such as 24th Street, 8th Street or 32nd Street for east-west through traffic, and Arizona Avenue, Avenue A, Pacific Avenue or Avenue B for north-south through traffic. Motorists using neighborhood streets are expected to respect and obey the 25 mph residential speed limits and school zones in the area. Access to businesses in the immediate vicinity will be maintained at all times.
ADDITIONAL NOTICE: The City would like to remind the public that lower than normal water pressures may be experienced as parts of the City's old water system are being prepared for replacement by a new system. Lower than normal water pressure may be experienced during peak morning hours of 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., and in the afternoon between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. The areas most likely to be impacted are those from the East Main Canal to just west of 4th Ave., from 12th St. to 24th St.
County 19th St., Ave. A - 4th Ave.
A 30-day project to install a new high-pressure gas main line has been amended and will now include a traffic control plan to close of a portion of County 19th Street to through traffic, between Avenue A and 4th Avenue. The project is set to be completed by the end of August. Detour signs will be posted every half of a mile within the area of the road closure to notify drivers of alternate routes. Drivers are asked to obey all traffic control signs and speed limits in place, and to detour using nearby roadways such as Avenue 3E, Avenue 1E, Avenue B, and/or County 16th-18th streets.
Castle Dome Ave., near Yuma Palms
?A 60-day project along Castle Dome Avenue, near the Yuma Palms Regional Center, will require shoulderwork on the Castle Dome Avenue roadway and a sidewalk closure. Signs will be posted in the area to let drivers know of the roadwork as they approach. Work is slated to begin in the first week of September and will be completed by the first week of November.
Ave. C, 16th St. to 14th St.
?Crews will be replacing underground cable television lines along Avenue C, from 16th St. to 14th St., which will require shoulder work near the area for a duration of seven days. Signs will be posted to alert drivers to the closed shoulder on the roadway as they approach the construction zone. Drivers are asked to obey all traffic signs and to proceed with caution.
40th St., Avenue 4E
The intersection of 40th Street and Avenue 4E is closed to all traffic. Crews are working on a gas pipeline in the area and staging a temporary gas supply to support hydrostatic testing of an irrigation line. Traffic is asked to detour using 32nd Street and either Avenue 3E or Avenue 5E. The project is expected to be completed by mid August.
4th Ave., 20th Pl. to 21st St.
A project to install a new driveway off of 4th Ave., to be located between 20th Pl. and 21st St., will require a sidewalk closure and the partial closure of a lane along 4th Avenue. The speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph in the work zone and signs will be posted to alert drivers of the traffic changes near the area. Work is to be completed by Aug. 12.
U.S. 95 at Fortuna Wash - ADOT
Work is under way on the $9.3 million bridge on U.S. Highway 95 spanning Fortuna Wash northeast of Yuma and is expected to be completed by next winter. The bridge, partially funded through a $3.2 million federal grant ADOT received in 2011, 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 on the Fortuna Wash bridge project during weekdays between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. Initial work will include setting up a temporary detour road and tree removals, while actual bridge construction is expected to begin in March. 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.
West Main Canal, Avenue B - 1st Street
Update: The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is administering a project to construct a paved pathway, lighting and rest stops along the West Main Canal. The project will require the closure of the canal banks until this fall. Crews will be working along the north bank of the canal between First and Third streets, from Avenue A to Avenue B. Work will be done from 5 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekdays. This project is to be completed near the end of 2016.
Maiden Lane, 1st-2nd streets
A 60-day project along Maiden Lane will require the roadway to be closed to traffic from 1st Street to Second Street, between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Signs will be posted near the area of Maiden Lane and along nearby roadways to notify drivers of detours in the area.
Pecan Grove, 3rd Street
Work could begin as soon as May 31 on the next phase of the Pecan Grove neighborhood waterline replacement project. 3rd Street will be closed between 19th Avenue and 24th Avenue. Following that,work will take place south on 24th Avenue to 5th Street, and various side streets between 24th Avenue and Avenue B. Project is expected to continue into early autumn.
Fourth Ave. extension pedestrian pathway
Construction is underway for the 4th Avenue extension pedestrian pathway, from 32nd Street to 37th Street. Shoulder work in the area will not significantly affect traffic. The 45-day project will not require lane shifts or lane closures. Crews will be working in that area Monday through Thursday, and are slated to be finished with the work by mid to late August. Signs will be posted to alert drivers of the project limits.
Bus stop construction improvements
Traffic control plans will be in place at three different locations for bus stop construction improvements: One near 1st Ave. and 3rd St., the second at about mid-block on 26th St. between 21st Dr. and 23rd Ave., and the third near Pacific Ave. and Palo Verde St. Each will lead to some lane closures in their respective areas. Signs will be posted nearby to alert drivers to the work zone. Improvements to the bus stops are to be completed by Aug. 12.
City Street Maintenance
Asphalt maintenance crews will conduct operations at the following locations during the week of Aug. 8-12:
- 14th Avenue, from 8th to 16th streets (crack seal)
- Suncrest subdivision (crack seal)
- Sierra Montana subdivision, near Avenue 8E and 36th Street (grinding)
- 33rd Place, from Avenue 3E to 3½E (grinding)