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City of Yuma Road Report, Sept. 15

A weekly list of City projects or encroachment permits authorized by the City of Yuma affecting busy streets.

I-8, Araby Road - ADOT

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are improving the Interstate 8 and Araby Road (SR 195) traffic interchange to improve safety and ease traffic congestion. Crews will construct 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.

Per ADOT, crews are currently working on the north side of Interstate 8 as part of this project. Drivers should be aware of the following traffic-control changes and restrictions that are in effect as of Sept. 6:

  • Traffic has shifted away from the critical construction zone and the northern roundabout and temporary traffic signals have been removed.
  • Left turns from northbound Araby Road to westbound I-8 will be restricted. Drivers should use alternate routes, such as US 95 or 24th Street.
  • The westbound I-8 off-ramp at Araby Road closed as of Sept. 6 and will not reopen until mid-October. Drivers can use Avenue 3E as an alternate route.

Through November, work is scheduled to occur during daylight hours, Mondays through Fridays; however, an extended work schedule might be necessary as the project progresses. ADOT will maintain one lane of travel in both directions on Araby Road. Drivers should allow extra travel time and consider using alternate routes including Avenue 3E and Avenue 8½ E.

Update per ADOT: Farm equipment operators will have a one-hour window each morning to move through the Araby Road work zone at I-8. ADOT has designated 10-11 a.m. as a travel window for farm equipment operators to move through the area where ADOT crews are building new roundabouts at the Araby traffic interchange. Traffic is restricted to one lane in each direction until the first of Nov.

Avenue 3E closure (ADOT)

There will be a full closure along Avenue 3E as crews chip-seal the roadway surfance between Highway 95 and 24th Street starting at 5 a.m. on Sept. 19 and lasting until 9 a.m. on Sept. 20. The work was originally scheduled for Sept. 12 but had to be rescheduled due to inclement weather. Alternate routes include 24th Street and Avenue 4E.

3rd Street, 23rd Avenue - 18th Drive

Work is underway to replace a waterline on 3rd Street between 23rd Avenue and 18th Drive. This project will replace/install approximately 1,260 feet of PVC pipe and replace fire hydrants. 3rd Street will be closed from the east edge of 24th Drive to 18th Avenue.  Once the project is underway, work will take place between the hours of 5 a.m. and 3 p.m. for approximately 45 days.  

1st Avenue, near 3rd Street

A portion of 1st Avenue near its intersection with Giss Parkway will be closed as part of a 60-day project that requires access to a manhole in the area. While the project is underway, no parking will be permitted along 1st Avenue near its intersection with Giss Parkway. 1st Avenue will be completely closed in that same vicinity. Signs will be posted to alert traffic to the hard closure. Additionally, the cross streets at 1st Avenue and Giss Parkway will be closed. 

32nd Street,  Ave. 7E - 31st Pl.

Crews will be placing fiber and a future path at a location on 32nd St., between South Avenue 7E and 31st Place. The project will require shoulder work along 32nd St. while crews are in the area near the bore pit that is necessary as part of the project. Traffic signs will be posted to alert drivers to the road work in the zone. One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction. The project is to be completed by mid-Nov.

Country Club Drive, near Arizona Avenue

Southwest Gas Corporation will be replacing a gas service line at a residence off of Country Club Drive between Arizona Avenue and South Chiquita Drive, during which time no vehicles will be permitted to park along Country Club Drive in the area. Additionally, there will be a partial lane closure and a full sidewalk closure near the workzone while crews are in the area carrying out utility work. The project is to be completed before the end of Oct. 

Magnolia Ave., 3rd Colorado St.

A project to pull fiber through an existing conduit will require a partial lane closure on Magnolia Avenue from 3rd St. to Colorado St. and eastbound to 9th Avenue. The project is to be completed by early Nov. Signs will be posted to alert traffic to the roadwork that is underway and of accompanying traffic control. The speed limit will be reduced in the workzone area. 

Avenue 3E/US 95 

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. 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 U.S. 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 late summer 2017.

I-8 west of 4th Ave. - Caltrans

LATEST UPDATE: Caltrans crews continue to work on the reconstruction of Interstate-8 in Imperial County, west of Yuma. Recently, crews reduced traffic to a single lane on westbound I-8 between Sidewinder Road and about a mile west of Ogilby Road. Both travel directions have been switched to the I-8 eastbound lanes divided by k-rail. In addition, the westbound on- and off-ramps at Ogilby Road (exit 159) are closed to traffic. Signs have been placed to alert motorists to the ramp closures and to alternate routes.

The I-8 Corridor is a major pavement rehabilitation project consisting of five segments that will construct Continuously Reinforced Concrete Pavement (CRCP) over 48 miles on Interstate 8 in Imperial County.  The work will result in a long-lasting superior roadway, capable of withstanding the heaviest traffic loads. Construction began in 2016 on three of the five segments. Work will be completed by 2019.

4th Avenue gateway - ADOT

Message boards have been posted regarding an ADOT project coming to 4th Avenue and 1st Street. Please contact ADOT for more information.

City Street Maintenance - Asphalt maintenance crews will conduct operations in the following area as needed during the week of Sept. 18-22:

  • West Main Estates (crack seal)
  • Castle Dome Avenue between 8th and 16th streets (crack seal)
  • 32nd Street bicycle pathway from Pacific Avenue to the North MCAS-Yuma gate entrance (crack seal)