KINGMAN - As the historic project to bridge the Colorado River at the Hoover Dam nears completion, the Arizona Department of Transportation is preparing to complete final paving on the 15 miles of an improved U.S. 93 beginning today.
Motorists traveling to Las Vegas via 93 and the Hoover Dam should plan to take an alternate route from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Oct. 22 while construction crews complete work to add lanes to 93 approaching the Hoover Dam Bypass. Travelers should anticipate hour-long delays with alternating one-way traffic being led through the work zone.
During this critical work, alternate routes are recommended to avoid the construction zone. Options include using State Route 68 east of Kingman to Bullhead City, crossing the Laughlin Bridge onto Nevada State Highway 163, then using U.S. 95 through Searchlight, Nev.
ADOT began the four-lane widening project in January 2009 and is ahead of schedule. When the project is finished this fall, 93 will provide a four-lane divided highway between Interstate 40 at Kingman and the new Hoover Dam Bypass.
ADOT has dedicated nearly half a billion dollars to widening and improving U.S. 93 from Wickenburg in Maricopa County to Hoover Dam over the last several years. ADOT's long-term vision is to transform this highly-traveled route into a four-lane divided highway through the entire 200-mile stretch.
Construction of the Hoover Dam Bypass remains on schedule for opening to traffic by November. Motorists who are not planning to attend the Oct. 16 public celebration should expect heavy traffic delays on 93 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. that day, and are highly recommended to take an alternate route traveling to Las Vegas.