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1/16/2013 9:50:00 PM
Work begins this week on I-17 climbing lane near Camp Verde

Construction on a climbing lane to ease traffic flow along a stretch of Interstate 17 south of Camp Verde is set to begin this week.

A news release from the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) reported that the $11.8 million project will add a third traffic lane in two areas along southbound I-17 to help move traffic climbing along Copper Canyon Hill near Camp Verde.

The release notes that one additional lane will be built between the Highway 260 and General Crook Trail traffic interchanges to help allow larger vehicles to gain speed before merging while also providing more room for passenger vehicles traveling past slower traffic.

Crews also will build a two-mile-long climbing lane to improve traffic flow to the top of Copper Canyon.

For the next 30 days, drivers should expect shoulder closures in both directions between Highway 260 and General Crook Trail. In addition, the truck pullout at the top of Copper Canyon will be closed for the next six months.

Work hours will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Drivers should expect intermittent lane closures with minimal delays, according to ADOT. The project is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2013.

The work zone will be clearly marked by temporary barricades and signs, and ADOT is advising drivers to allow additional time to reach their destinations and to proceed through the work zone with caution, comply with the reduced speed limit, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.

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