State Route 92 improvements start next week in Sierra Vista | News
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) starts work on improvements to a segment of SR 92. This will include raised medians to improve left turn safety for drivers.
New raised medians are to be constructed on SR 92 between Canyon de Flores and Glenn Rd/Kachina Trail. This is an area of SR 92 where an increase in traffic volume has made making left turns more difficult.
Construction crews will start on Monday, August 19, with construction of a ‘jug handle’ turnaround on Glenn Road. A ‘jug handle’ is a curved ramp that changes the way traffic turns left at an intersection; additional improvements will include extending Canyon de Flores to a new roundabout that will connect with Golden Acres Road.
The $3 million street improvement project is expected to be complete by December, and will provide access for commercial trucks and other vehicles where the new raised medians will limit left turns, according to an ADOT news release.
Construction of the raised medians on SR 92 will begin after the local street projects are complete. These medians are expected to be complete by March 2014.
Improvements were decided after a two year traffic study conducted by ADOT and the Federal Highway Administration, proved that left turn movements were ‘leading to crashes’ as traffic in the area increased along SR 92.
According to ADOT the ‘raised medians will prohibit left turns by southbound motorists other than at the signalized intersections at Golden Acres and East Monsanto drives. The medians will allow right turns only onto the highway. Constructing the jug handle turnaround on Glenn Road will allow southbound commercial vehicles to avoid making U-turns at the signals to get onto northbound SR 92. And by connecting Canyon de Flores and Golden Acres Drive and constructing the roundabout, northbound motorists on SR 92 will be able to take Canyon de Flores to the roundabout and return to the traffic signal and turn left to travel south.
Access to driveways and side streets will be maintained at all time during the project, with one lane remaining open in each direction. ADOT will provide construction schedule updates as the project progresses.
ADOT works to inform the public about scheduled travel restrictions, but unexpected restrictions or closures can also occur. Weather also can affect a project schedule.
For more information email email@example.com or call the ADOT project hotline at (855) 712-8530.