November 17, 2011
YUMA — With higher traffic volumes expected on our state's highways this Thanksgiving holiday travel period, the Arizona Department of Transportation is advising drivers heading towards Phoenix of an existing roadway project that may cause delays along State Route 85 in Gila Bend.
ADOT is currently working on a $13 million safety and enhancement project at the intersection of SR 85 (Pima Street) and B-8 (Butterfield Trail Road). Although there will be no active construction during the holiday weekend, road restrictions that limit traffic to one lane in each direction are required to remain in effect which may delay motorists traveling through the established work zone.
Drivers headed to Phoenix via SR 85 should allow extra travel time and plan ahead. Alternate routes include using northbound US 95 to connect with eastbound Interstate 10 or eastbound I-8 to connect with westbound I-10 to travel towards the Phoenix area.
SR 85 travelers are advised to proceed through the project area with caution and pay close attention to signs and message boards.
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
For more information about this project please visit www.azdot.gov/statewide or contact Gabriella Kemp, Yuma District Senior Community Relations Officer at 928.317.2165. Local media should contact the ADOT Public Information Office at 1.800.949.8057. Visit us on facebook or our website for more information about ADOT. For more information about ADOT projects and programs across Arizona, see the agency's latest blog posts.