ARIZONA

As part of a regional analysis of Phoenix-area freeway pavements, a stretch of the Loop 101 Price Freeway in the southeast Valley will undergo a specialized concrete smoothing process in the coming months. The diamond grinding, which began in early May, involves the use of machines with diamond-tipped blades on rotating drums to smooth a freeway's existing concrete pavement while also creating grooves designed to limit vehicle tire noise.

Phoenix is getting nearly $200 million in federal assistance to help prop up the city's transportation system during the coronavirus outbreak. The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced a $198 million award to Phoenix under legislation approved in late March.

Bridges in Arizona have been ranked among the best in the nation in an annual survey conducted by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). The organization's report found that only 1.6 percent of bridges across The Grand Canyon State were listed in poor condition, which means the state was just behind Nev.

The Arizona Department of Transportation is accelerating a project to widen and improve the Interstate 17 bridge over McConnell Drive entering Flagstaff by closing McConnell Drive until early May, followed by other restrictions through mid-August. McConnell Drive is scheduled to be closed around the clock from now through Friday, May 1.

The Arizona Department of Transportation has completed freeway-improvement work to enhance safety and provide more room for drivers who use westbound Interstate 10 west of downtown Phoenix. The new I-10 lane project added a new right lane along westbound I-10 between 27th and 43rd avenues, west of the I-17 "stack" interchange, as part of $10 million in improvements that started in January 2019.

Metso has made further investments in the Mesa repair facility in Arizona in order to optimize safety and broaden service capabilities. The facility offers repairs and field services while supporting Metso's Life Cycle Services contracts. Mesa has seen steady growth since the opening in 2015, with 2019 setting a record for safety performance, revenue and profitability.

Lansing, Michigan-based Christman Constructors was named the most innovative construction firm in the country for developing an iOS-based application that brings job-placement logistics into the 21st century. The new application, CopperWorks, was created to meet the need to modernize manpower management in the building trades industry while addressing industry-wide workforce shortage.

Metso has made further investments in the Mesa repair facility in Arizona, in order to optimize safety and broaden service capabilities. The facility offers repairs and field services while supporting Metso's Life Cycle Services contracts. Mesa has seen steady growth since the opening in 2015, with 2019 setting a record for safety performance, revenue and profitability.

Phoenix (AP) — Transportation planners are spreading the word that the start of a multiyear project to rebuild a critical freeway corridor in the heart of the Phoenix metro area is only about a year off. The project includes adding traffic lanes and building new bridges on parts of an 11mi.

ADOT has hosted many sessions of its Construction Academy during the past six years. But the latest one held at the beginning of March in Phoenix was still a momentous first. That's because all the participants in this academy, which ran from March 2 to 13, were women.

Sundt Construction Inc. and its joint venture partner Kiewit were recently awarded the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Arizona Chapter's Build Arizona award for its work on the Ina Road Traffic Interchange. "Sundt is extremely grateful to receive such a prestigious award," said Ryan Cannon, Sundt project manager.