Construction begins on SR 77 north of Tangerine Road

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The Arizona Department of Transportation has begun construction activities on Oracle Road (State Route 77) from Tangerine Road to the Pinal County.

Next week northbound Oracle Road will be narrowed to one lane between Tangerine and Wilds roads from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily Monday, June 16, through Wednesday, June 18, for installation of temporary concrete barriers. The speed limit will be reduced to 35 mph during this time. Once in place, the concrete barrier will separate the work zone from the roadway.

During the project, drivers can expect the following:

Two lanes of travel in each direction will be maintained through the work zone during the day.
The speed limit will be 45 mph during the day, but may be reduced at other times.
Additional lane restrictions throughout the work boundaries.
Cyclists will need to merge safely onto the traffic lane during shoulder closures.
Drivers are reminded to share the road, be cautious and slow down while traveling through the work zone.
In addition to adding one new travel lane in each direction, additional improvements include widening the shoulders making it easier for cyclists to ride in the area, constructing raised medians, making traffic signal improvements and installing a shared-use path on the east side of Oracle Road from Wilds Road to Eagle Crest Ranch Boulevard. Two wildlife crossing structures will also be constructed as a part of the project, which are designed to keep motorists safe by reducing vehicle-animal collisions.

Construction is anticipated to be completed by spring 2016.

For more information, please visit azdot.gov/TangerinetoPinal or email projects@azdot.gov or call the ADOT project information line at 1.855.712.8530.

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