I-40 repair work ready to resume
KINGMAN - After lying dormant for nearly five months, repaving along a 10-mile stretch of Interstate 40 is scheduled to spring back into action over the next week.
The $5.7 million repaving of I-40 from Rattlesnake Wash to Holy Moses Wash was put on hold late last November after Arizona Department of Transportation crews finished the initial overlay work. ADOT representative Michele Beggs said the hiatus was due to temperatures getting too cool for crews to lay the final layer of rubberized asphalt properly.
"This type of asphalt can only be applied under certain temperature conditions and that is to ensure it adheres to the first layer of asphalt properly," Beggs said. "Temperatures are just right now to apply the rubberized asphalt. In fact, this is the ideal temperature."
The rubberized asphalt is designed to increase the lifespan of the roadway and will provide motorists with a much smoother ride than the existing surface. But its application will also require the standard lane closures and interchange shutdowns that occurred during the initial work last winter. On- and off-ramps will be among the first components completed this time around, with one set of ramps closed at a time over a three-day period beginning today.
"The work hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday," Beggs said. "The on- and off-ramps will be complete by the evening of Wednesday, May 19."
Today, crews will close the westbound ramps at Andy Devine Avenue and the eastbound ramps at Stockton Hill Road. On Tuesday, they'll close the westbound Stockton Hill Road ramps and the eastbound Beale Street ramps. Wednesday, crews will close the westbound Beale Street ramps, followed by the eastbound Andy Devine ramps.
After the ramps are finished, Beggs said crews will begin rolling lane closures along both sides of the highway as the rubberized asphalt is administered. ADOT expects the work to be completed some time in mid-June.
The I-40 repaving is not the only local ADOT project on tap for this summer. Several projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are scheduled to be awarded later this month, with work to start shortly afterward.
In Kingman, those projects include pavement preservation along Northern Avenue from Stockton Hill Road to Bank Street as well as roadway reconstruction on Bank from Beverly Avenue to Airway Avenue. Additional pavement work on Route 66 from Airway to the Kingman Airport is scheduled to go out to bid after the new fiscal year begins in July.
For more information on ADOT projects in the Kingman district or to sign up to receive e-mail updates, call ADOT's project hotline at (877) 497-5203 or e-mail KingmanDistrictUpdates@azdot.gov.