Traffic Alert!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Needles Jam: West Broadway and J Street Closures and Detours for the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector construction project.

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Traffic Alert!!: Downtown Needles, CA: Needles Jam: West Broadway and J Street Closures and Detours for the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector construction project.

Get ready for Needles Jam begins as both directions of West Broadway, from J Street to L Street, and southbound J Street, from West Broadway to Third Street, in Downtown Needles, California will be closed for construction of the new Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector Project.

**** Time and Date of West Broadway and J Street Closures: ****

According to Mike Stewart, Principal Supervising Inspector with WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, the full closure of West Broadway between J Street and L Street in Downtown Needles, California, which was to start on Monday, February 6th, 2017, has been delayed by a few days because of water and gas line issues.

Mike Stewart, Principal Supervising Inspector with WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, tells ZachNews that there are things still needing to be done to the water line and gas line at the Intersection of West Broadway and J Street.

The water line that runs up the hillside will be lowered as part of the project under a new retaining wall that will be build. Mike Stewart said that the full closure of West Broadway could happen in the next few days to sometime next week, but the closure will happen.

The closures and detours will be in place until Monday, February 20th, 2017 unless change by any delays.

**** Project Along West Broadway and J Street Closures: ****

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Construction crews will be working on retaining wall, cross gutters, utility work along West Broadway as well as work to replace the flashing red signal traffic light at the intersection of West Broadway and J Street with new traffic signals which will include green, yellow, and red lights and pedestrian crossing signals.

The current flashing red signal traffic light at the intersection of West Broadway and J Street will be taken out and be off, but temporary stop signs or temporary stop signal will be placed until the new new traffic signals are installed and activated.

**** Detours Around West Broadway and J Street Closures: ****

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** Picture from the City of Needles: **

Motorists who use West Broadway will be detoured around the closure onto Front Street from either J Street from the east or L Street from the west.

Motorists who use southbound J Street, from Third Street to West Broadway, will be detoured around the closure onto I Street then onto Third Street around the southbound J Street closure.

Motorists who use northbound J Street will not be affected by the closure from Third Street to West Broadway.

Semi trucks, recreational vehicles, and campers are being ask to use Interstate 40 and Needles Highway as a detour around the closure.

If coming from the Needles Bridge and Mohave Valley, Arizona, make a right turn off North K Street onto Needles Highway; stay on westbound until you pass Wagon Wheel Restaurant; and make a right turn onto eastbound Interstate 40 to get by the closures on West Broadway and J Street.

If coming from the Interstate 40, do not exit at J Street and instead, exit at West Broadway / Needles Highway (Exit #141); make a right turn onto Needles Highway; stay on eastbound Needles Highway to North K Street; and make a left turn onto North K Street to reach the Needles Bridge and access to Mohave Valley, Arizona.

**** Businesses In West Broadway and J Street Closures: ****

Businesses along West Broadway and J Street will remain open during the closure and detours.

Businesses along J Street can be accessible from northbound J Street.

An access roadway for businesses affected by the closure of West Broadway is being worked on so people can get to those businesses along West Broadway.

Motorists should plan ahead for Needles Jam and drive safely through the construction area and intersections.

**** Contact for Information on Project: ****

For more information, please contact the Tammy Ellmore with the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-5740 Ext 150.

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for continuing news coverage of Needles Jam. **

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