Safety and Improvement Project begins Monday
on State Route 85 in Gila Bend
January 27, 2011
YUMA — The Arizona Department of Transportation is beginning construction on a project to improve safety and enhance State Route 85 (Pima Street) in Gila Bend. The project includes construction of a new, elevated intersection at State Route 85 (Pima Street) and Business Route 8, a wider bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad, and realigning both State Route 85 (Pima Street) and Maricopa Road. The $13.2 million project is just over one mile in length and includes demolishing the State Route 85 (Pima Street) and Business Route 8 interchange in front of the ADOT yard and the existing railroad bridge.
Work hours will be sunrise to sunset Monday through Thursday beginning Monday, January 31. The project is scheduled for completion in late 2012. There will be no work on holidays or weekends. Business access will be maintained throughout the course of the project. The initial work will not impact traffic.
The residents of Gila Bend and motorists passing through the area can look forward to:
- A safer intersection at State Route 85 (Pima Street) and B-8
- Upgrades to State Route 85 (Pima Street) and Maricopa Road
- A new bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad
- Repaving of State Route 85 (Pima Street) and cross streets in the project area
- Improved drainage
- Enhanced solar lighting
- New landscaping
- Upgraded signs and pavement markings
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, please contact Gaby Gonzalez, ADOT Public Information Officer, at 928.699.8983. You may also the visit the project website.
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