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Lane restrictions scheduled on US 95

Lane restrictions scheduled on US 95 in Yuma beginning May 20

Drivers should allow extra travel time and plan for possible delays.

The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan ahead for lane restrictions on US 95 in Yuma.

Contractors are scheduled to apply asphalt to preserve and seal pavement, stripe the roadway and do related work.

The following restrictions will occur from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, May 20, through Friday, May 24.

  • US 95 will be narrowed to one lane between Araby Road (milepost 29) and Fortuna Road (milepost 32).
  • The speed limit on US 95 will be reduced to 25 mph.
  • Flaggers and a pilot car will direct motorists through the work zone.
  • A 12-foot vehicle width restriction will be in place.

Motorists should allow extra travel time and plan for possible delays while work is underway.




Yuma intersection improvements begin April 1

US 95, Avenue 8E intersection to get signal, pedestrian ramps
March 29, 2019

PHOENIX ‒ Yuma-area drivers should expect delays for the next seven months as Arizona Department of Transportation crews make improvements to the intersection of Avenue 8E and US 95.

Work will begin Monday, April 1, to install a new traffic signal, build concrete pedestrian ramps and repave the intersection. The project is expected to be complete in late October.

Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. US 95 will be restricted to one lane between Avenue 7E and Avenue 8E. Avenue 8E will remain open for much of the work, with intermittent closures during installation of the traffic signal and paving.

Speed limits will be reduced on both streets during the work. The maximum vehicle width during construction is 11 feet.

Drivers can avoid the work zone by using 24th Street between Araby Road and Avenue 9E. Drivers traveling north on US 95 to the Yuma Proving Grounds and Quartzsite can take Interstate 8, exit at Fortuna Road and drive north to US 95.







YMPO is proud to present the Regional Strategic Transportation Safety Plan Update and Bicycle/Pedestrian Study and Design Standards.

YMPO is in the Public Participation Outreach phase of each project. We are in need of your help in understanding Regional Safety issues with our roadway network and the Regional Bike and Pedestrian concerns.

Infrastructure, whether safety, bike, or pedestrian, connects households across metropolitan areas to higher quality opportunities for employment, healthcare, and education. The economy needs reliable infrastructure that benefits our public that use the multimodal infrastructure to traverse the region safely and efficiently, using different modes of transportation.

YMPO has some ways to participate in the Public Outreach for these projects.

Social Pinpoint:

YUMA MPO Interactive Comment Map

Covers both Safety Plan and Bike/Pedestrian Study


Safety Plan Update – Survey

Bike and Pedestrian Study and Design Standards – Survey

Contact:  Charles Gutierrez

Phone: 928-783-8911








Executive Board Agenda Packet for Thursday, December 13, 2018


Attached is the agenda packet for the YMPO Executive Board meeting scheduled for Thursday, December 13, 2018, starting at 1:30 p.m. at the City of San Luis City Hall. As usual, to prevent problems with the Arizona Open Meeting law, it is being emailed out using blind copy addresses.

The proposed address by Mayor Yescas, from the City of San Luis, Rio Colorado, has not yet been fully confirmed at this stage.

Members are advised that there will be a pre-holiday luncheon, starting shortly after noon, in one of the conference rooms at the San Luis City Hall and the YMPO meeting will be held in the Council Chambers.

The minutes from the previous meeting, on November 1, 2018, will be distributed to members very early next week. A fully-linked electronic copy of the agenda packet, minutes and summaries will be published on the YMPO website, also very early next week.

If there are any questions with regard to the meeting or any of the attachments, please contact me as shown below. If you get my voicemail, please leave me a message and I will return it as soon as possible.

EB Complete Agenda Combined

Paul D. Ward, P.E., Executive Director

Yuma Metropolitan Planning Organization




Drivers should prepare for hazardous conditions!!!

As part of the Yuma Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (YMPO) Public Participation and Notification, it is prudent with the advent of the colder Winter weather that is upon all of the Contiguous Continental United States the message of Winter Weather is Think Safe, Be Safe, and Drive Safe in the Winter Weather.  Here are our links to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and California Department of Transportation (CALTANS).

Things to Keep in Mind while Traveling this Winter

  • Make sure you brakes, windshield wipers, defroster, heater, and exhaust system are in working order
  • Check your antifreeze
  • You may need to add De-ice solution to the wiper reservoir in the chance you need to de-ice your windshield while driving
  • Check your tires-Carry chains if necessary
  • Carry ice scraper, small brooms, small shovel (E-tool), possible burlap bags in case you get stuck
  • The necessities
    • Water
    • Food
    • Blankets
    • Extra clothing
  • Maps or GPS
  • Charged Cellular Phone or Satellite Phone in remote areas
  • An extra key in pocket in case you lock yourself out while putting Chains on your tires
  • Allow enough Time to drive
  • Keep a full tank of fuel
  • Pay Attention
  • DO NOT TRAVEL TO CLOSE TO UTILITY VEHICLES (Snow Plows or Emergency Vehicles




Winter Conditions

Arizona Know Snow

How to prepare for Snow Driving


Winter Driving Tips Snow and Ice Control

Winter Driving Tips

Chain Controls

Mountain Pass Closures





Retirement of a long standing TAC member Roger Patterson, Yuma County.

Roger Patterson

Yuma County Engineer

For being an Outstanding Engineer

to the YMPO Region and serving on the TAC for over 24 years

Awarded this 8th day of November, 2018




In Yuma, eastbound I-8 ramps at Araby Road closing until September

New interchange to be completed by November

PHOENIX – Eastbound Interstate 8 entry and exit ramps at Araby Road (State Route 195) in Yuma will be closed for a month beginning next week as crews construct a new retaining wall as part of an Arizona Department of Transportation project upgrading the interchange.

I-8 drivers can use exits at Avenue 3E, Avenue 8½ E and 32nd Street during the closure scheduled to begin Monday, Aug. 13.

Araby Road remains limited to one lane in each direction between 26th and 30th streets near I-8, with no left turn from northbound Araby to Gila Ridge Road. The maximum vehicle width on Araby Road is 12 feet.

Also on Monday, Aug. 13, the westbound lane of Gila Ridge Road, closed since May, will reopen between Araby and the Tanimura and Antle Produce building at 6435 Gila Ridge Road.

ADOT is completing the second half of a project to replace traditional traffic signals with modern roundabouts at the Araby Road interchange. The roundabouts, which are safer and move traffic more efficiently than traffic signals, will be large enough to accommodate large trucks, recreational vehicles and agricultural equipment.

A roundabout on the north side of I-8 was completed in 2017. The current work south of I-8 is scheduled to be complete this fall.

For more information on the Araby Road interchange project, visit




YMPO Request for Proposals

YMPO currently has two(2) Request for Proposal (RFP)

YMPO is proud to advertise two separate Request for Proposals.  “The Bicycle and Pedestrian and Design Standards” and the “Traffic Count Network Study” are presently being released as of July 19 and both have a August 16, 2018 by 3:00 PM due date to the YMPO.

We thank you for your time that you have put into the efforts of writing a proposal.

Thank you for your cooperation!
Traffic Count Network Study


Bicycle and Pedestrian and Design Standards






YMPO 2018-2022 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)–DRAFT

YMPO is pleased to roll out the new Transportation Improvement Program for the 2018-2022 years.


Please use the comment form to make your comments and mail them into the YMPO or email it to Charles A. Gutierrez.


If you have any questions please call the YMPO and ask for Charles A. Gutierrez.


2018-2022 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) DRAFT

YMPO Comment form