State Route 87 improvement project begins next week north of Sunflower

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
  • State Route 87 improvement project begins next week north of Sunflower
  • ADOT to build new truck escape ramp, reconstruct existing curve to enhance safety

PHOENIX -- Motorists who regularly travel between Phoenix and Payson on State Route 87 need to plan ahead or allow extra travel time as the Arizona Department of Transportation starts work next week on a safety improvement project, approximately 10 miles north of Sunflower.
 
Major improvements on the $6.2 million project include the reconstruction of an existing curve at milepost 227, as well as building a new southbound truck escape ramp at milepost 228. Runaway truck ramps offer an opportunity for out-of-control trucks, which may have inoperable brakes, to safely exit the highway and come to a controlled stop.
 
The project also includes slope excavation and reconstruction, drainage improvements, new signage and new concrete barrier installation.
 
Work will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 7 and drivers need to be aware of alternating daytime and nighttime single-lane restrictions in both directions on SR 87 through the work zone until the project is completed prior to the start of the busy summer tourism season in Payson. Minimal delays are expected.
 
Overnight work hours will be Sunday through Thursday between 7 p.m. and 9 a.m., and daytime work hours will be Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
The work zone will be clearly marked by temporary barricades and signage. ADOT advises drivers to allow additional time to reach their destinations and to proceed through the work zone with caution, comply with the reduced speed limit, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.