Highway getting new bridge over flood-prone wash near Yuma

Highway getting new bridge over flood-prone wash near Yuma

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) – The Arizona Department of Transportation is building a new bridge to span a flood-prone section of US 95, a project that should improve access to agricultural areas and a U.S. Army installation that’s a major employer in the Yuma area.

ADOT says the 600-foot bridge being built across Fortuna Wash northeast of Yuma should be completed by next winter.

Many workers commuting to and from the Yuma Proving Ground travel the highway, and it’s also used by many agricultural workers.

ADOT says the project is partially funded by a $3.2 million federal grant.

The new bridge will be built to accommodate four lanes of traffic but will be initially striped for two lanes with center-turn lane.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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