Temporary closure of State Route 264 south of Tuba City scheduled

TUBA CIY-The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) will close State Route (SR) 264 at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7 for a minimum of two hours. The highway will be closed from milepost (MP) 322 to MP 323, including the bridge at Moenkopi Wash. The closure is necessary as workers perform rockfall mitigation work south of Tuba City as part of an ongoing road construction project in the area.

During the mitigation work, no vehicles will be allowed to pass through the project area with the exception of emergency vehicles. No detour route is available, and drivers should plan for delays. The closure is necessary because of the risk of rocks falling into the roadway during construction.

The $9.6-million project includes widening U.S. 160 from MP 319 to MP 322 to create a multi-lane undivided highway and the removal of the pedestrian bridge over U.S. 160 in Tuba City. On SR 264, ADOT will resurface the existing two-lane roadway, starting at the intersection of U.S. 160 and SR 264 from MP 322 to MP 324, as well as handle the rockfall mitigation work.

The project also includes replacing cattle guards, pipe culverts and catch basins as well as striping and signing, guardrail installation, seeding and other related work on both roadways. Drivers can continue to expect lane closures, one-way traffic, reduced speeds and brief delays on U.S. 160 and SR 264.

Speed limit reductions and lane closures are also anticipated for the project's duration. ADOT plans to complete the project by fall 2008. Hours of construction are from approximately 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holiday weekends.

Motorists must obey all posted restrictions throughout the project area. Message boards and other traffic signs will provide additional construction details. During lane closures, flagmen and law enforcement officers will assist with traffic movement and compliance with posted restrictions.

ADOT and the contractor appreciate the public's patience during construction. For more information, call the project's toll-free hotline at 1-866-659-0657.

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