Road restrictions on the switchback section of State Route 89A between Flagstaff and Sedona were officially lifted late Monday night, 16 days ahead of schedule.
The $2 million improvement project by Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) closed three miles of SR98A between Pine Flat Campground and the Vista Point scenic outlook for crews to resurface the road. The section of road that was closed is a very narrow, twisty section of the roadway where rock falls are common. ADOT had estimated the road work would take five weeks to complete, but the Phoenix-based Combs Construction crew was able to finish the work early.
ADOT chose to close SR89A to give crews full access to the stretch of road without restrictions as they removed loose rocks from the mountainsides, repaved the road and made deck repairs to the historic Pumphouse Wash Bridge.
The road work began on April 21, with the full closure to begin May 27. Crews were evacuated from the area on May 20 because of the Slide Fire. Road crews were not able to get back to work until June 1, after all wild fire restrictions were lifted. Crews were still able to get the road back open for travelers early.
ADOT provided Combs Construction with monetary incentives to complete the project early. Combs Construction will receive the maximum bonus of $104,000 for completely the work early.
Next month ADOT is scheduled to return to complete the final lane striping on the three-mile stretch of road. There will be single lane restrictions during the final striping.
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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