Arizona widening more of highway between Phoenix, Las Vegas

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

WICKENBURG, Ariz. (AP) -- The Arizona Department of Transportation has begun another project to widen U.S. 93, part of the main highway route between Phoenix and Las Vegas.

ADOT said work started this week on a federally funded $12.5 million project to rebuild five miles of the highway between State Routes 71 and 89 just north of Wickenburg.
The project is the latest chapter of a decades-long effort to turn the rural two-lane roadway into a four-lane divided highway.

North of Wickenburg, ADOT started this week on the expansion of US 93 between State Route 71 and State Route 89. The $12.5 million project to reconstruct the highway into four lanes is expected to be completed in 2016, and will be funded through the Federal Highway Administration's Highway Safety Improvement Program.

ADOT said three-quarters of the 200 miles between Wickenburg and the Nevada state line have already been converted to a four-lane divided highway.

Approximately 80 miles north of the project near Wickenburg, ADOT is continuing work on widening the Antelope Wash segment of US 93.

Since 1998, ADOT has invested approximately $350 million in projects to upgrade the US 93 corridor, which stretches from Kingman to the Nevada state line and Wickenburg to Interstate 40. All but 49 miles of the 200-mile stretch have been converted into a four-lane divided highway.

The route ultimately could become part of the proposed Interstate 11 that will connect Nogales and Las Vegas, potentially reaching as far as Canada once completed.

ADOT urges drivers to proceed through the work zones with caution and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.

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