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Highway 89 near Prescott to be impacted with construction for many months

Work is progressing on the Highway 89 widening and roundabout at the Phippen Museum Thursday, Sept. 7, in Prescott.

Les Stukenberg, For The Daily Miner

Work is progressing on the Highway 89 widening and roundabout at the Phippen Museum Thursday, Sept. 7, in Prescott.

PRESCOTT – More than a year of construction – along with the accompanying lower speeds, lane closures, and heavy equipment – is in store for drivers on Highway 89 north of Prescott.

Three separate projects, totaling more than $21 million, are in various stages of construction and bidding, with the final project expected to run until at least late 2018.

Currently, crews are working on two City of Prescott projects: a $5.1 million road widening and Phippen roundabout project; and a $2.3 million Sundog trunk main sewer line installation running along the highway. Both are affecting highway traffic.

Still to come is the Arizona Department of Transportation’s $14 million-to-$15 million widening on about a mile and a half of Highway 89 between Deep Well Ranch Road and the Highway 89A interchange.

That long-awaited project will connect the four-lane section south of Chino Valley with the City of Prescott’s ongoing widening to four lanes in the Phippen area.

The city’s widening/Phippen roundabout project takes in about one mile, running from just south of the Highway 89A interchange to just south of the Phippen Museum.

The Prescott City Council awarded a $5,134,777 contract to Asphalt Paving & Supply in late July, and construction got under way in the past month.