KINGMAN - Motorists along Interstate 40 will be seeing a lot of orange in the coming weeks, and while it doesn't have anything to do with Halloween, it could still be pretty scary for anyone trying to get somewhere on time.
Crews from the Arizona Department of Transportation began repaving eastbound I-40 last Monday, starting just east of the Andy Devine Avenue exit. Those same crews will start work on the westbound lanes this week.
To finish the project on time, next week crews will begin working 24 hours a day Monday through Thursday, as well as between midnight and 2 p.m. on Fridays, according to ADOT spokeswoman Michele Beggs.
"That was an option originally, but they did start a little late," Beggs said. "They're on a tight schedule, and that's what's going to happen now."
Lane restrictions will occur in both directions to allow for a safe work zone for both motorists and crew members. The restrictions will move along with crews as they progress from east to west, and traffic control devices will remain in place 24 hours a day Monday through Friday. Motorists should expect brief delays when approaching areas with lane restrictions.
In addition to lane closures, Beggs said crews will begin closing down on and off ramps at each of Kingman's three interchanges to repave them and install new traffic sensors. The first ramp closure will occur in about three weeks and will likely be at the Andy Devine interchange. Beggs said ramp closures should last for about two days each.
Improvements to I-40 will include the removal and replacement of asphalt between Holy Moses Wash and Rattlesnake Wash, as well as at the Andy Devine, Beale Street, and Stockton Hill traffic interchanges. Crews will also install upgraded guardrails, replace pavement markers and install rumble strips on shoulders.
The project is scheduled for completion in November, though Beggs said the exact week will depend on how quickly construction crews can complete the work. For up-to-the-minute updates on lane and interchange closures, ADOT is encouraging drivers to visit the agency's travel information site at www.az511.gov or to call 511. Look for further weekly updates in upcoming editions of the Miner as well.