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City of Yuma Road Report, Dec. 1

A weekly listing of major road projects and projects affecting busy streets.

16th Street and 4th Avenue


Construction for the 16th Street and 4th Avenue intersection improvements project is under way. The current phase of work reduces 16th Street to one lane of through traffic in each direction. Northbound and southbound lanes on 4th Avenue are restricted to one lane on their respective approaches to the intersection. Right turn restrictions remain in place for large trucks and semitrailers. 


Latest update: 1st Avenue, closed from 16th Street to 16th Place for a water line installation, will reopen Monday, Dec. 5, at which time 1st Avenue will close north of 16th Street for one block. Paving operations through the 16th and 4th intersection will be followed by shifting traffic to different lanes, but the general rule of one lane of through traffic at the intersection will apply.


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 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. 


Castle Dome Ave. 8-12 streets


Castle Dome Avenue will be closed to all traffic between 8th Street and 12th Street beginning Dec.12 and lasting 1-2 weeks for installations of sanitary sewer lines and electric power line. Detour is Pacific Avenue.


Following this work, the City will close 8th Street between Castle Dome and Pacific for roadway reconstruction associated with the Pacific Avenue Athletic Complex.


Orange Ave. new lane configurations


Orange Avenue now has one lane of through traffic in each direction (north-south or northeast-southwest) between 8th Street and 1st Avenue. It features a center turn lane, bike lanes on both sides of the street, and on-street parking. Orange Avenue traffic will now also flow continuously, free of stop signs at its intersection with 3rd Avenue. Instead of that intersection being a three-way stop, the intersection will be a stop for one-way southbound traffic. Additionally, 3rd Avenue will be a one-way street, southbound only, between 4th Street and Orange Avenue.



32nd Street, 3E to 8E - ADOT


Currently, slurry seal has been applied to 32nd Street between avenues 3E and 8-1/2E in this ADOT project. Crews are preparing for road striping and additional work. The project is to be completed by the end of December.


Avenue 3E and US 95 - ADOT


The Avenue 3E and U.S. 95/16th Street intersection is under construction but will remain open to traffic in all directions during this phase of work, which is scheduled to be completed by Dec. 9. Drivers will encounter lane restrictions and should allow for time delays and extra travel time. The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) will maintain access to businesses in the work zone and keep both roadways open during construction. 


This current phase of work is part of a nine-month project to widen and improve U.S. 95 and Avenue 3E. 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 project is scheduled to be completed by August 2017.


24th Street, avenues B-C


The street reconstruction of 24th Street from Avenue B to Avenue C is under way. The second phase finished Wednesday, Nov. 23; motorists can now access 24th Street from Avenue B to the Yuma Area Valley Park. The current phase of the 120-day project will require a closure at 24th Street from the Yuma Area Valley Park to Avenue C. Detour routes include 28th Street, 20th Street and 32nd Street. 


Avenue 3E, 32nd-40th streets


There will be a lane closure along Avenue 3E for a project that requires crews to access a manhole on the roadway between 32nd Street and 40th Street. Signs will be posted near the area to alert traffic to the lane closure and possible detours. Additionally, the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph. The 60-day project is anticipated to be completed by mid-January. 



32nd Street, Avenue A


A lane will be closed along 32nd Street near its intersection with Avenue A for a 60-day project that requires access to a manhole in the area. Eastbound traffic will be reduced to a single lane through the intersection area. There will also be a partial lane closure along Avenue A near the same intersection. Signs will be posted to alert drivers of the upcoming closure as they approach the 32nd Street and Avenue A intersection. The speed limit near the work zone will be reduced to 25 mph. The project is expected to be completed by the end of December.


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 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.


West Main Canal, Avenue B - 1st Street

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 1st and 3rd 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. 


Avenue 3E, MCAS-Yuma North Gate

A project to remove existing overhead and an underground conductor for APS will require sidewalk and lane closures along a portion of Avenue 3E, near the MCAS-Yuma North Gate entrance. Flaggers and road signs will be in place to notify of motorists of the reduced 25 mph speed limit near the work zone for both northbound and southbound traffic. Work is to be completed by Jan. 13, 2017.


8th Street, Avenue D

A project to tie in water services for a subdivision will require a full road closure of 8th Street and 12th Street near Avenue D, in two separate phases. During the first phase, a portion of 8th Street will be closed to all traffic. Signs will be posted near the work zone to alert traffic to the full road closure and to direct motorists to use 12th Street as a detour. During the second phase of the project, a similar closure will be in place at 12th Street, and motorists will be directed to detour through 8th Street. Work is scheduled to finish at the end of the year. 


Arizona Avenue, 20th Street

A project to install new fiber near the intersection of Arizona Avenue and 20th Street will require shoulder work along 20th Street near its intersection with Arizona Avenue, and will restrict any roadside parking along 20th Street near the work zone. The project is to be completed by the end of December.


16th Street, El Paseo Real

Crews will be performing valve maintenance at a location on 16th Street, near El Paseo Real. The project will require a lane closure along 16th Street and a reduced speed limit near the work zone. Signs will be posted to alert traffic to the closed lane and direct them through the area. The project is to be completed by the end of January.


5th Avenue, 5th-7th streets

A project to abandon and replace a gas service line will require a road closure on 5th Avenue between 5th and 7th streets. The sections of 5th, 6th and 7th streets that extend from 4th to 6th avenues will be closed to through traffic as part of the project. Signs will be posted in the area to direct traffic to nearby detours through 4th or 6th avenues, through to either 4th or 8th streets. The project is expected to be completed by the end of January.


Interstate 8 west of 4th Avenue - Caltrans

Caltrans crews continue the reconstruction of I-8 in Imperial County, west of Yuma. 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. Traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction from the Agricultural Checkpoint in California, to the state line with Arizona. The westbound off-ramp and on-ramp at Fourth Avenue are closed with detour and signage in place to direct traffic to use Winterhaven Drive. Additionally, the eastbound off-ramp and on-ramp at SR-186/Algodones Road are closed with detour and signage in place to use Winterhaven Drive and Sidewinder Road. 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/Fourth Avenue; those vehicles should exit at Giss Parkway. 


City Street Maintenance

Asphalt maintenance crews will conduct operations in various locations as needed the week of Dec. 7-11.

  • Parkway Place subdivision (crack seal)
  • Magnolia Avenue and Colorado Street to 1st Street (crack seal)
  • 23rd Avenue and 1st Street area (crack seal)
  • Sierra Sunset (crack seal and grinding)
  • Vista Del Valle (grinding)