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The closure is necessary so that crews can expedite replacement of cattleguard on Mormon Lake Road, which is located approximately 0.4 miles north of Rockledge Road. During this period, motorists will need to access Mormon Lake through the south entrance.
Coconino County Public Works has deployed electric message boards at both the north entrance of Mormon Lake Road and just north of the township to alert residents of this upcoming closure. Motorists are asked to plan ahead and expect delays when traveling.
Cattleguard replacement is one of the preconstruction jobs for Central Federal Lands’ (CFL’s) Mormon Lake Road Reconstruction Project, which is scheduled to break ground alter this spring. A very wet winter has left the base of this cattleguard extremely saturated with moisture. A detour around the cattleguard is not possible due to equally wet conditions on the adjacent shoulders.
To replace the cattleguard, crews must first remove it to “dewater” its base, which includes a significant layer of subterranean clay. After this dewatering stage is completed, crews will install large rocks, fabric and slurry as bridging material and then the new cattleguard.
This project is slated to be completed by Thursday afternoon; however, this schedule is subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen factors.
For more information about the Mormon Lake Road Reconstruction Project please visit www.coconino.az.gov/MormonLakeRoadProject.