The City of Yuma advises all motorists of a one-week change in traffic patterns at 16th Street and 4th Avenue.
Beginning midnight the morning of Jan. 16, the only allowed movements at that intersection will be right turns. No through traffic will be allowed. Crews will be working on an underground storm drain in the middle of the intersection.
Barring any setbacks or weather events, this phase of work should be complete Jan. 23.
Because of this traffic pattern, motorists will need to plan ahead and prepare to detour prior to reaching the intersection. Those intending to make left turns should pay particular attention to advance detours.
Eastbound 16th Street to northbound 4th Avenue: Use 6th Avenue and 14th Street to complete left turn onto 4th Avenue at the traffic signal.
Westbound 16th Street to southbound 4th Avenue: Use 1st Avenue and 24th Street to complete left turn onto 4th Avenue at traffic signal.
Northbound 4th Avenue to westbound 16th Street: Use 24th Street and Avenue A to complete left turn onto 16th Street at traffic signal.
Southbound 4th Avenue to eastbound 16th Street: Use 14th Street and 1st Avenue to complete left turn onto 16th Street at traffic signal.
Drivers wishing to continue going straight through the intersection will be required to follow marked detour routes, which include 14th Street, 18th Street, 1st Avenue and 6th Avenue.
Access to the Yuma Mesa shopping center will only be available that week via a right turn from northbound 4th Avenue. Business patrons are advised to plan ahead that week. Left turns will be possible from southbound 4th Avenue onto the south driveway of the 99 Cent Only Store, which could be used to access to the 3rd Avenue-side parking lot for Yuma Mesa.
“We wish to encourage patrons of the businesses at this intersection to continue their visits there,” said Deputy City Administrator Ricky Rinehart. “But we can’t emphasize enough how important it will be to plan your route ahead during this weeklong phase.”
This work will mark a milestone in the yearlong improvements project at Yuma’s busiest intersection: the completion of underground utility work. This type of work is often the most unpredictable part of a construction project; abandoned materials left underground from previous projects presented temporary obstacles for work crews.
The overall project remains on schedule for completion this spring.