A short section of northbound SR 79B will be closed for two weeks. During this time, motorists traveling northbound on SR 79 into Florence will be temporarily rerouted to make a left turn at Butte Avenue to access SR 287 and downtown Florence via Main Street.
ADOT and the Town of Florence will be conducting a short-term study to “test” and evaluate the aforementioned fourth alternative that may enhance safety at the SR 79 and 79B intersection in Florence. This new alternative would use existing roadways and would not require new construction or right of way.
The short-term test study involves temporarily closing a short section that connects northbound SR 79 to northbound SR 79B (access to downtown Florence) for two weeks between February 1 and February 15, 2012 to evaluate whether the closure could be permanent. During the test closure, motorists traveling northbound on SR 79 to downtown Florence (Main Street) or to SR 287 (Coolidge) will be directed to continue north passing the SR 79B turnoff, and turning left on Butte Avenue.
Because public input is an important part of the process, a survey will be mailed to nearby residents, businesses and schools near the completion of the temporary road closure. The survey will also be available online in late February 2012.
We highly encourage the public in and around the Florence area to complete the survey so that the public’s input about the temporary closure and its potential to be permanent can be documented. Results of the public survey will be available late spring 2012. All technical data and public feedback will be evaluated for a final recommendation.
For more information, including maps and fact sheets, visit www.azdot.gov/sr79and79b.