May 9, 2012
As construction continues on the Interstate 10/State Route 90 improvement project, crews will begin working on widening State Route 90 to seven lanes near the interchange with Interstate 10 in Benson Monday (May 14).
The Arizona Department of Transportation will close the westbound lanes of SR 90 immediately north of the traffic signal at Village Loop Drive at 7 a.m. Monday for a three-month period when traffic in both directions will be routed to use the current eastbound lanes to travel through the project area.
During this time, ADOT crews will reconstruct the westbound lanes and construct a raised median between I-10 and Village Loop Drive. New storm drains and street lighting will also be included in the project.
While the westbound lanes are being reconstructed, access to businesses east of the highway at St. Andrews Road will be closed. Access to those businesses will be available from Village Loop Drive. Also during this phase of the widening project, the Caverns Drive exit from businesses west of the highway will be restricted to right turns only. Although SR 90 is designated as an east-west route, the highway runs north and south in the Benson area.
The work is part of ADOTís $27.6 million project that includes construction of new I-10 overpasses at SR 90, and realignment of a section of curving interstate west of the exit.
When the first phase of the SR 90 widening is complete, traffic in both directions will be switched to use the newly constructed westbound lanes and crews will begin work on the eastbound lanes.
ADOT will continue to provide information on this project, which is scheduled for completion in 2013.
Drivers are advised to proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.
ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule. To stay up-to-date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at www.az511.gov or call 5-1-1.
For more information about this project please visit www.azdot.gov/statewide or contact C.T. Revere, Safford District Senior Community Relations Officer at 520.705.3574. Local media should contact the ADOT Public Information Office at 1.800.949.8057. Visit us on facebook or our web site for more information about ADOT. For more information about ADOT projects and programs across Arizona see the agency's latest blog posts.