Verde Valley motorists traveling on Arizona 89A between Cottonwood and Sedona can expect 30-minute delays from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday.
These traffic control changes begin Monday and are expected to continue through early December.
Lane closures due to periodic nighttime blasting will occur throughout the week in the vicinity of Dry Creek Bridge, just south of Sedona.
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and general contractor FNF Construction will remove large sections of rock and the temporary road closures are necessary to safely move debris with the least impact to the traveling public.
FNF Construction will stop traffic during the blasting operations and motorists can expect 30-minute delays as the contractor works to clean the roadway.
Construction flaggers and Department of Public Safety (DPS) Officers will be on site to direct motorists.
Periodic one-lane traffic operations also will be in effect from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. during these nighttime activities.
Travelers are encouraged to plan their nighttime activities around the closure schedule and consider taking an alternate route. Changeable message boards will alert travelers to possible delays as well as displaying the project hotline phone number.
Travelers may call the Arizona 89A Hotline at 203-4599 to listen to a pre-recorded message that provides specific information regarding changes in construction activities.
Callers also may leave a message with individual questions or concerns and a community relations liaison will respond as soon as possible.
These efforts are part of a $30 million project that involves widening of two Arizona 89A segments, Cornville Road to Dry Creek and Dry Creek to Sedona, which will result in a four-lane divided highway when completed in spring 2002.