YUMA, Ariz. – The City of Yuma is planning to begin construction on the intersection of Fourth Avenue and 16th Street in the next few weeks, which is going to create a large amount of traffic in the surrounding area.
Dave Nash, the public information officer for the city, says, “We want people to be aware Yuma’s busiest intersection is going to be torn up for 300 days.”
The city is hoping construction starts in the next couple of weeks. They say the construction will last until spring of 2017.
“Once it gets underway the contract calls for 300 calendar days so we are going into next spring until we see this project come to completion,” says Nash.
Right turn lanes and dual left turn lanes will be installed in the new intersection says Nash. He adds that with the construction, it will take drivers a longer time to reach their destination.
Nash says. “The big problem with this is, it’s the busiest intersection so even if you don’t pass this intersection for your usual commute, chances are you probably cross one of the street that’s affected by it.”
The intersection will remain open during construction, however only one lane will be open on both streets. The recommended alternative routes to take are Eighth Street, 24th Street and 32nd Street. You can also take residential roads but be sure to follow the speed limit of 25 mph. The city says you will have to leave early to make it to your destination on time.
“We are also telling everyone to leave extra time when you are out for your daily commutes. Morning and afternoons in particular,” says Nash.
Nash says it’s best to plan your routes now before the construction begins.
“This is the time now to start mentally preparing for being ready. This construction project is going to be here a while. I think once people get used to it, it will be okay. The first few weeks are generally some of the sketchiest.”
The businesses located near the intersection will be open during construction. Again, give yourself a few extra minutes to get there.
“We encourage you to still use those businesses. Just keep in mind it might take you a couple of extra minutes,” says Nash.
An informational meeting will be held at the city council chambers on April 28th, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. where you can ask the city any questions or concerns you may have about the construction.