S.R. 77 to close east of the Valley to improve safety

Blasting operations scheduled next 4 months
Posted at 8:23 AM, Dec 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-12 10:23:45-05

ADOT is trying to improve safety conditions for workers during blasting operations, so they plan to close S.R. 77 periodically over the next few months. Starting Monday, Dec. 12, S.R. 77 will be closed in both directions between mileposts 154-161 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, which is south of Globe. These closures are planned Mondays through Thursdays with no closures planned between Monday, Dec. 26, and Tuesday, Jan. 3.

In addition, lane closures are expected each work day from 7-10 a.m. and from 3-5 p.m. During those times, a pilot vehicle will guide motorists through the work zone. Drivers should expect delays of about 15 minutes. The restrictions are expected to remain in place until March.

ADOT crews have been working at night to remove potentially dangerous rock that could have fallen along SR 77 near Dripping Springs. Work is switching to the safer daylight hours after an 18-foot limestone boulder fell 150 feet during previous nighttime blasting and landed on the roadway on Nov. 30.

During the closures, drivers can travel SR 177 and US 60 between Globe and Winkelman. That route will add about 20 miles to the trip.