The Arizona Department of Transportation reminds motorists traveling east of the Lake Havasu City/State Route 95 traffic interchange along Interstate 40 to be prepared to slow down and expect brief delays for bridge construction through early summer next year.

The eastbound lanes within the nine-mile project zone (mileposts 10-19) are currently closed while crews demolish four old bridge decks in preparation to build new bridge decks. Traffic has been moved to the westbound lanes, which are now narrowed to one lane in each direction.

Construction is taking place Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. A 45 mph speed limit is strictly enforced, and travel restrictions remain in place 24 hours.

The eastbound Franconia traffic interchange (Exit 13) will be closed through January. Residents will need to exit westbound I-40 and use the State Route 95 traffic interchange.

The $4.7 million project, which includes construction of four bridge decks, paving and new storm drainage, is scheduled for a summer completion.

Also, the westbound Haviland rest area (milepost 23) is closed to travelers for parking lot renovations. The work is expected to last through January.

The eastbound Haviland facility reopened to drivers last week after similar upgrades.

ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but it’s possible that unscheduled closures or restrictions might occur because of weather or other factors. For the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at www.az511.gov or call 511, except while driving.

For more information about this project, please call Michele E. Beggs, ADOT Senior Community Relations Officer, at 1.928.681.6054 or email mbeggs@azdot.gov.

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