KINGMAN - The Arizona Department of Transportation has wrapped up blasting operations along U.S. 93 near Hoover Dam and will now begin paving the new highway travel lanes, adding up to 20 minutes of commuting time for drivers navigating the construction zone.
Starting Monday, crews will begin to construct the paving detour near milepost 5, south of the dam. Once the detour is complete, paving operations will move to the north end of the project between milepost 2 and 3. Paving will take approximately one week to complete.
During paving operations, motorists should add an additional 15 minutes to their travel time, in addition to the general construction delay time of 15 to 20 minutes. As a result, drivers should plan for an extra 35 minutes to travel through the work zone safely. As with any construction project, plans and conditions can change so drivers are encouraged to be prepared for summer traveling as temperatures soar.
Work also continues on the bridges, overlooks, the White Rock Trailhead, and other features unique to this stretch of U.S. 93, including elements designed to protect desert bighorn sheep.
As construction work continues on one of the largest active projects in ADOT's Kingman District, motorists should remain aware of the no-passing zones and reduced speed limits. When finished, the wider highway will connect to the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge project, which is scheduled for completion late this year.
For more information about the U.S. 93 widening project, call the project hotline at 1-888-887-0565. Information about highway closures and restrictions across Arizona is available via ADOT's Travel Information site at www.az511.gov or by calling 5-1-1 within the state.
For more information on the $240-million Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge over the Colorado River or the entire bypass project, visit www.hooverdambypass.org. Arizona and Nevada have each contributed $20 million for the bridge, in addition to advancing $100 million in bond funds which will be repaid by the Federal Highway Administration to advance this critical connection between the two states.