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 minimize the impact on the produce season, ADOT has scheduled work to occur in two phases:
- Phase 1 will occur on the north side of the interchange from summer-fall 2017.Construction is scheduled to begin July 17, 2017.
- Phase 2 is scheduled to occur on the south side of the interchange from summer-fall 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. ADOT will maintain one lane of traffic in each direction on Araby Road while construction is underway, but drivers should plan for reduced speed limits and delays.
Farm-Equipment Travel Window:
ADOT has established a designated daily travel window -- from 10 to 11 a.m. -- for farm-equipment operators to travel through the work zone. All other drivers should use an alternate route, such as Avenue 8 ½ E and Avenue 3E, between 10 and 11 a.m. or plan for heavy delays on Araby Road as farm-equipment operators are escorted through the work zone. ADOT has also designated farm-equipment staging areas on the north and south sides of the interchange. Farm-equipment operators should wait at one of the staging areas until they are directed through the work zone safely.
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