The Arizona Department of Transportation will start a new project next Monday, August 10th, to improve the intersection of State Route 95 and Cienega Springs Road approximately four miles north of Parker.
The $1.9 million project includes widening the roadway to install a center turn-lane, new pavement and irrigation improvements. The intersection can become very busy, especially on winter weekends as traffic uses Cienega Springs Road to get to and from the popular Desert Bar, also known as the Nellie E. Saloon. The need for a turn-lane has been noted, with accidents more likely in the area.
Crews are scheduled to work Mondays through Thursdays between 5 a.m. and 2 p.m. One-lane restrictions will be in place and flaggers will be used at times to alternate traffic through the work zone during work hours.
Drivers should prepare for possible delays of up to 15 minutes as reduced speed limits will be in effect. Law enforcement will be on-site to assist with traffic control. ADOT says no work will be scheduled to take place on weekends or holidays. A possible alternative route during peak traffic would be Business-95 / Riverside Drive from the intersection with SR-95 to Resort Drive near Fox’s Pier Point Landing or to Golf Course Drive.
The winning bid for the project was by Meadow Valley Contractors, Inc., a company known for its work in the Phoenix and Las Vegas metropolitan areas. The work on this project includes roadway excavation, constructing embankment, furnishing and placing asphaltic concrete and asphaltic concrete friction course, removing and installing guardrail, installing down-drains, placing riprap, pavement marking, signaling, and related work. The total cost will be $1,926.420,70.
The project is anticipated to be completed in January 2016, according to signs near the site.