Crews scheduled to repave sections of U.S. 70 near Peridot

A pedestrian hybrid beacon is a relatively new traffic control device.   Contributed image

Motorists are advised that temporarily reduced speed limits will take effect starting the week of July 9 along U.S. 70 near the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation community of Peridot.

As construction crews work on widening and repaving highway sections west of San Carlos High School between mileposts 268 and 269, drivers are reminded that the work zone will require slowing down to 35 mph, with additional limitations on lanes and shoulder areas.

Drivers are reminded to slow down and be alert for the presence of workers and lane shifts in the work zone, said ADOT officials. The town of Peridot is approximately 20 miles east of Globe.

The project’s cost is $2.1 million. Additional work is slated for Bylas on the same reservation as Peridot, with completion expected in October, ADOT announced. Improvements will include raised medians, walkways, better drainage and the area’s first pedestrian hybrid beacon.

In that zone, lane restrictions will be in effect from 6:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on weekdays with a speed limit of 25 mph. This second project is estimated at $9 million.

A pedestrian hybrid beacon is a relatively new traffic control device that helps individuals cross an intersection safely -- at a marked but unsignaled crosswalk on a street or a highway -- using indicator lights and signs to alert drivers and control traffic.

“Pedestrian hybrid beacons have been deployed across the nation, including the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas, to improve safety for pedestrians,” ADOT said.

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