October 10, 2012
As part of the Arizona Department of Transportation's continuing efforts to widen State Route 260, crews will close the highway between mileposts 270-272, approximately 20 miles east of Payson, at noon Thursday, Oct. 11.
The highway will be closed for up to 45 minutes to provide a safe work zone for blasting operations.
Blasting on the project uses controlled explosives to excavate and remove rock as crews continue to clear the path for the new roadway.
The Doubtful Canyon widening project will construct three miles of four-lane divided highway between the previously improved Kohl's Ranch and Christopher Creek segments along the SR 260 roadway. The widening of SR 260 at Doubtful Canyon is the fifth of six projects designed to widen the highway from Star Valley to the Mogollon Rim. The $29 million project is scheduled for completion by spring 2013.
Drivers should adjust their travel schedules to avoid the closure or allow extra time to reach their destinations. Once the highway is reopened, motorists will continue traveling in an active construction zone. Speed limits are reduced and a width restriction of 10 feet remains in place. Message boards, temporary barricades, and signs will guide drivers through the work zone.
ADOT advises drivers to proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.
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