This hit the airwaves this morning, June 19, 2008 and is going to affect travel to and from Lake Powell from the South for several months.
Driving through "the cut" by Bitter Springs, AZ, up or down the mountain pass, coming to or going from the Page - Lake Powell area is going to be significantly more difficult as they upgrade the road.
Here is the news release from the Arizona Department of Transportation
Construction Delays Expected on US 89 South of Page
June 18, 2008 BITTER SPRINGS -
Drivers on US Highway 89 south of Page, Arizona, should expect delays this summer, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). Beginning Monday morning, June 23, 2008, ADOT will begin a new roadway improvement project just north of the US 89A junction and the community of Bitter Springs, which will extend north through “the cut” toward Page and Lake Powell.
Initially, drivers should expect daily changes in traffic patterns, and some project work will require restricting the roadway to one lane. During lane closures, flaggers and pilot vehicles may guide motorists through the project area. Speed limits in the project area will be reduced to 25 mph. Also, vehicle travel lanes will be restricted to widths of 10 feet or less during construction hours. Travelers should plan for delays of approximately 30 minutes.
Hours of construction will be 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. (MST), Monday through Thursday, from June 23 through July 10. However, during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, all lanes will be open beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, through 6 a.m. Monday, July 7. Construction hours and traffic control measures are expected to change in mid July to accommodate paving operations; periodic updates will be available on the project hotline and Web site. Also, drivers should expect increased truck traffic on US 89 between Gray Mountain, Arizona, and the project area.
As part of the $3.9 million project, workers will replace the pavement from milepost (MP) 524 to MP 531. The project also includes resurfacing existing paved turnouts, striping and signing, installing guard rail, seeding and completing other related work. ADOT anticipates work will be completed by mid September. ADOT advises motorists to drive safely as construction crews will be working on the roadway throughout the duration of the project. Motorists must obey all posted restrictions throughout the project area. Message boards and other traffic signs will provide additional construction details.
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