Rock Blasting On SR 77 South Of Globe

Full closures of highway to extend through end of April 2017

A project to remove hazard rock from a mountainside adjacent to State Route 77 in the Dripping Springs area will require an additional month of blasting operations and the highway closures needed to safeguard the public.

Arizona Department of Transportation crews have found that difficult terrain in the project location requires more time than expected to safely remove rock from the cliff in order to effectively reduce the chance of rocks falling onto SR 77. The revised schedule for Monday through Thursday daily closures of SR 77 between Winkelman and Globe calls for work continuing through the end of April 2017.

The project requires full closures of SR 77 between mileposts 150 and 161 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. During the closures motorists can get around the work by using State Route 177 and US 60.

Each day that the highway is closed, lane closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. to allow crews to remove debris from the roadway. During those lane closures, a pilot vehicle will guide motorists in both directions through the work area. Delays of 15 minutes can be expected.

Drivers should proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down and watch for construction personnel and equipment.

ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions and closures, but it’s possible that unscheduled impacts might occur because of weather or other factors. For the most current information about highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT’s Traveler Information Site at, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except while driving.

For more information, please call C.T. Revere, ADOT senior community relations officer, at 520.705.3574 or email

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