Construction Continues on State Route 85 North of Lewis Prison

April 2, 2008

YUMA — The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) continues to improve State Route 85 with the construction of a new four-lane divided highway that extends two miles north of the Lewis Prison traffic interchange.

Over the next two months, heavy construction equipment will be required to cross the existing highway. During this time, traffic control devices and flagging stations will be set up and Arizona Department of Public Safety officers will be present. Flaggers will briefly stop traffic traveling on SR 85 to allow heavy construction equipment to cross the highway. Drivers should approach the heavy equipment crossings with extreme caution, as traffic may be at a complete stop.

Motorists should use caution and must comply with all posted restrictions throughout the project, including a “No Passing Zone” within the project limits. The speed limit through the construction zone will be 55 miles per hour. Narrow conditions exist with a maximum load width limit of 14 feet. Traffic signs will provide details and flagmen will assist with traffic movement.

The SR 85 construction project is on schedule, and is likely to be completed in late 2008.

ADOT will make every effort to minimize the disruption and inconvenience to drivers and to complete this project in a safe and efficient manner. ADOT appreciates motorists’ patience and cooperation during this time.

Construction updates are available by calling the project hotline at 623.386.8926

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