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Traffic delays of up to 30 minutes expected
The contractor for the Federal Highway Administration’s Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFL) will break ground Monday, May 8 on an $8.2 million renovation project on Lake Mary Road.
Crews have mobilized and are ready to start construction. Electronic message boards are in place on both sides of the project corridor. Work is scheduled during daylight hours, Monday - Saturday. Flaggers, signage and other traffic control measures will be in place and pilot cars will also be used to guide vehicles through the construction zone.
Drivers along Lake Mary Road should expect delays of up to 30 minutes and are encouraged to use extra caution and obey posted speed limits though the construction zone.
The CFL-managed Lake Mary Road Reconstruction Project includes widening five miles of the roadway for multimodal use, which will help the Lake Mary Road Corridor become an international destination for major cycling and triathlon events.
The five miles of widening will be between milepost 312.5 and milepost 317.5. Another two miles of Lake Mary Road between mileposts 310 and 312.5 will be milled and overlaid. In addition, the superstructure and decking of the Willow Valley Creek Bridge at milepost 297.5 will be replaced. The project is expected to be completed this fall, weather permitting.
A key route between Flagstaff and Payson, Lake Mary Road is a vital economic generator. Between 1,200 and 1,300 vehicles travel the road each day. It is also a high-use recreational corridor with access to camping, hiking, hunting fishing, road and mountain biking, cross-country skiing and wildlife watching. In 2015 the U.S. Forest Service estimated that 70 percent of all travel along the road was for recreation including a daily average of 161 bicyclists.
The Lake Mary Road Reconstruction Project is largely funded by a Federal Land Access Program (FLAP) grant that was awarded in April 2013. The County’s portion of the project is being funded by Proposition 403 revenues. CFL awarded the contract for the project to Glendale, AZ-based Stormwater Plans, LLC earlier this month.
This is the second CFL-funded project for the Lake Mary Road Corridor. In 2012 an $8.9 million pavement renovation project was completed along 17 miles of roadway between State Route 87 and Happy Jack. The County has submitted a grant application for a third CFL-funded project for the Lake Mary Road Corridor, which is the Mormon Lake Road Project. This project, which includes the mill, overlay and widening of 9.8 miles of road along the western shore of Lake Mary, just completed the scoping phase, and if approved, then will be slated for construction in 2021.
The entire project completes a network of multimodal lanes throughout the Lake Mary Road Corridor. It is one of Arizona’s most popular year-round destinations for outdoor enthusiasts and central for tourism and recreation throughout the area.