One roundabout will be located north of I-8 and serve Araby Road and the westbound ramps. The other roundabout will be south of I-8 and serve Araby Road, the eastbound ramps and Gila Ridge Road.
The intersection of I-8 and Araby road is among the busiest in Yuma and is used by approximately 22,000 vehicles per day. The new roundabouts will provide a high level of service beyond traffic projections for 2035 and will fit into the existing ADOT right-of-way. No new right-of-way is needed to accommodate this project.
Two Phases of Construction
To accommodate the busy produce-harvest season, ADOT has scheduled work to occur in two phases:
- Phase 1 is scheduled to occur on the north side of the interchange from summer-fall 2017.
- Phase 2 is scheduled to occur on the south side of the interchange from April to November 2018.
(Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors.)
Impacts to Traffic
Drivers should expect delays and detours, as lane restrictions on I-8 and ramp closures at Gila Ridge and Araby roads will be necessary during construction. Alternate routes will include Avenue 8 ½ E and Avenue 3E.