Single-lane restrictions may be on pause, but construction — and traffic delays — continue along John Wayne Parkway.
Arizona Department of Transportation crews spent the last week preparing the site for additional work in the months-long widening project.
ADOT spokesperson Garin Groff said that work includes “surveying, earthwork in the median, removing asphalt, constructing curbs, as well as working on drainage features.”
However, a common complaint on social media continues to be the traffic at peak hours. With construction limited to daytime hours due to budget constraints, morning northbound and evening southbound traffic backs up for miles.
One cause of that evening traffic may be a shortened left turn lane on southbound John Wayne Parkway.
“They just need to reopen the left hand turn lane into Rancho (el Dorado),” wrote Walter Gac. “The hour-plus commute from (the) cement plant sucks.”
This sentiment was echoed by several other readers with many calling for more efforts to employ night crews.
Lane restrictions will resume again later this month, according to ADOT. State officials can’t specify dates or times just yet.