Two roadway projects are going to affect Florence residents for several weeks and even months.
The San Carlos Irrigation and Drainage District is advising drivers traveling southbound on SR 79 to plan for a closure of the highway past Florence Heights Drive from April 18 through Sept. 30 to construct a multi-barrel box culvert.
Southbound travel will be closed to all traffic from milepost 132.5 to 133 and will detour through Butte Avenue, Main Street and SR 79B to resume travel on SR 79.
Northbound travel will remain unrestricted for the duration of this project.
Meanwhile, work on the Gila River Bridge Project will be causing some traffic delays.
The Arizona Department of Transportation is advising drivers to plan for nighttime alternating lane restrictions on State Route 79.
The alternating lane restrictions begin on Wednesday, April 19 and will last until Wednesday, May 5 from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Traffic signals will be in place at bridge access points to direct traffic flow while work is occurring. An 11-foot vehicle width restriction will be in place and the speed limit will be reduced to 25 miles per hour.
Motorists should plan for delays and proceed through the work zone with caution. Drivers are being advised to slow down and watch for construction personnel and equipment.