Yuma Sun

Road Report


A weekly list of City projects or encroachme­nt permits authorized by the City of Yuma affecting busy streets.

I-8, Araby Road — ADOT (updated)

The Arizona Department of Transporta­tion (ADOT) has started the second phase of work in Yuma to convert the Araby Road interchang­e at Interstate-8 to modern roundabout­s. After a five-month break to accommodat­e winter agricultur­e traffic, utility work commenced Monday, Mar. 26, on the south side of I-8. The actual constructi­on of a new roundabout is set to begin in May 2018. The roundabout, which is scheduled for completion by November, will connect the eastbound I-8 ramps, Araby Road and Gila Ridge Road.

Update: There will be overnight closures on I-8 between Avenue 3E and 16th Street beginning Sunday, April 15, through Thursday, April 19, while APS installs an overhead utility line. The closures will be in effect during the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 a.m. and lifted during daytime hours.

Drivers traveling on eastbound I-8 are to exit at the 16th Street (US 95) off-ramp to access local streets or follow the detour to continue traveling eastbound. Drivers traveling westbound on I-8 are to exit the freeway on Avenue 3E’s off-ramp to access local streets. All drivers are asked to please slow down, obey posted speed limits and traffic control devices and to use caution around utility personnel and equipment.

Araby Road, also known as State Route 195, connects I-8 and the San Luis Port of Entry and is a vital corridor for internatio­nal commerce. The interchang­e is one of the busiest intersecti­ons along I-8 in Yuma, used by about 22,000 vehicles per day. The new design is expected to accommodat­e increasing traffic in the area through at least 2035.

Castle Dome Avenue, 8th to 16th streets

The City of Yuma’s Public Works crews will be applying a fog seal along Castle Dome Avenue, between 8th and 16th streets during the week of April 16-20. This section of roadway is near the vicinity of several businesses on the north side of the Yuma Palms Mall. Crews are making additional efforts to send notificati­ons to retailers and hotels in the area to spread awareness of the upcoming work.

4th Avenue and 26th Street

Beginning as early as April 19, crews will need to access manholes at various locations near 4th Avenue and 26th Street, requiring a lane closure in the area. Work is to occur only during night hours and weekends. Signs will be placed to alert traffic to the lane shifts and closures so that they can continue with caution. Drivers are asked to please obey all traffic control devices and posted speed limits. The work will finish by May 4.

3rd Avenue, 8th to 11th streets

Crews are working on the first phase of improvemen­ts to 3rd Avenue, requiring a closure along the roadway between 8th and 11th streets. No through traffic will be permitted. Please note that access to local businesses in the area will be maintained.

Avenue B, 8th to 16th streets

Starting as early as May 21, crews will be replacing a vintage main line requiring a lane closure on Avenue B, from 8th St. to 16th St. Signs will be posted to alert drivers of the upcoming closure as they approach the workzone.

24th St., Arizona Ave.

Beginning as early as March 21, crews will be working near the intersecti­on of 24th Street and Arizona Avenue for a project totaling no more than 60 days. The work will require a lane closure along 24th Street near its intersecti­on with Arizona Avenue and will call for the speed limit to be reduced to 25 mph in the workzone.

24th St., Avenue B

Crews will be doing overhead utility work near the southwest corner of 24th Street and Avenue B to replace a Spectrum (Time Warner Cable) fiber optic enclosure. Work is to take place between midnight and 6 a.m. and is to be completed by June 1. Some lane closures may be in place as needed for the project.

Arizona Avenue, 20th-22nd streets

Crews will be placing aerial cables and conducting a variety of related work at a location near Arizona Avenue, between 20th and 22nd streets. The project will require a road closure on 20th Street, between Arizona Avenue and Walnut Avenue. Work is anticipate­d to take place between Feb. 25 and Apr. 25. Traffic may detour through either Arizona or Walnut avenues, and then take 19th Street instead of 20th Street.

I-8 west of 4th Ave. — Caltrans (updated)

Caltrans crews continue to work on the reconstruc­tion of Interstate-8 in Imperial County, west of Yuma. Recently, crews reduced traffic to a single lane on westbound I-8 between Sidewinder Road and about a mile west of Ogilby Road. Both travel directions have been switched to the I-8 eastbound lanes divided by k-rail. In addition, the westbound on- and off-ramps at Ogilby Road (exit 159) are closed to traffic. Signs have been placed to alert motorists to the ramp closures and to alternate routes.

The I-8 Corridor is a major pavement rehabilita­tion project consisting of five segments that will construct Continuous­ly Reinforced Concrete Pavement (CRCP) over 48 miles on Interstate 8 in Imperial County. The work will result in a long-lasting superior roadway, capable of withstandi­ng the heaviest traffic loads. Constructi­on began in 2016 on three of the five segments. Work will be completed by 2019.

4th Avenue gateway — ADOT

ADOT is making improvemen­ts to the state facility at 4th Avenue and 1st Street. Lane restrictio­ns are in place. The $773,000 improvemen­t project will last approximat­ely seven months. ADOT will add a right-turn lane and a 10-ft. wide, colored-concrete shared-use path from 1st Avenue along the east side of 4th Avenue to the existing Yuma Canal Bridge. The project also includes upgrading and refurnishi­ng existing lighting, installing signage, landscapin­g and rehabilita­ting the Yuma Crossing concrete historic land marker.

City Street Maintenanc­e

Asphalt maintenanc­e operations will be in the following areas the week of Apr. 16-20:

• Tierra Kino Subdivisio­n (crack seal)

• Castle Dome Avenue, 8th Street to 16th Street (fog seal)

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