Work on replacing I-19 bridge decks at Pima Mine Road to begin n - Tucson News Now

Work on replacing I-19 bridge decks at Pima Mine Road to begin next week

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SAHUARITA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Travel troubles for those who use Interstate 19 are not over yet.  The Arizona Department of Transportation will begin work next week to replace the bridge decks on I-19 at Pima Mine Road. 

According to an ADOT release, the $4.5 million project will replace both the north and southbound sides of the bridge deck that goes over Pima Mine Road, which is 15 miles south of Tucson.  There will also be improvements to the travel lanes and reconstructing roadway and bridge approaches, as well as widening of the southbound I-19 bridge, replacing guardrail end treatments and replacing pavement markings and other miscellaneous work. 

ADOT crews will begin surveying and moving in construction equipment into the project area.  According to the ADOT release, traffic will not be impacted until some time in mid-April, when the southbound I-19 entrance ramp from Pima Mine Road will close for the duration of the 13-month project.  

While the ramp is closed traffic will be routed onto local streets to access southbound I-19 using either Sahuarita Road or Old Nogales Highway.  

During the project two lanes of travel (one for southbound and one for northbound) will be maintained, stated the release.  Pima Mine Road will remain open as well, with occasional closures for removing the existing decks and setting girders.  Traffic will be detoured during this part of the project. Other restrictions on Pima Mine Road will include lane shifts and flagging operations during lane closures and reduced speed limits. 

Access to the nearby Desert Diamond Casino and ASARCO’s Sahuarita mine will be maintained with only occasional brief delays.

Work is scheduled for completion in April 2018.

Drivers should proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down and watch for construction personnel and equipment.

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