One roundabout will be located north of I-8 and serve Araby Road and the westbound ramps. The other roundabout will be south of I-8 and serve Araby Road, the eastbound ramps and Gila Ridge Road.
The intersection of I-8 and Araby road is among the busiest in Yuma and is used by approximately 22,000 vehicles per day. The new roundabouts will provide a high level of service beyond traffic projections for 2035 and will fit into the existing ADOT right-of-way. No new right-of-way is needed to accommodate this project.
Two Phases of Construction
To minimize the impact on the produce season, ADOT has scheduled work to occur in two phases:
- Phase 1 is scheduled to occur on the north side of the interchange from summer-fall 2017.
- Phase 2 is scheduled to occur on the south side of the interchange from summer-fall 2018.
(Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors.)
Impacts to Traffic
Drivers should expect delays and detours, as lane restrictions on I-8 and ramp closures at Gila Ridge and Araby roads will be necessary during construction. Alternate routes will include Avenue 8 ½ E and Avenue 3E. ADOT will maintain one lane of traffic in each direction on Araby Road while construction is underway, but drivers should plan for reduced speed limits and delays.