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Updated Jun 11, 2012 - 2:18 pm

New lanes open on U.S. 93 between Phoenix, Vegas

KINGMAN, Ariz. -- The Arizona Department of Transportation is allowing motorists onto newly constructed lanes on a highly traveled road between Phoenix and Las Vegas.

"This will help make the commute a little bit easier for drivers as they plan their vacations," said ADOT's Dustin Krugel. "Anything we can do to make the roadway wider and safer is a good thing for drivers. This should make their commute just go a little bit smoother."

ADOT said new southbound lanes on a seven-mile segment of U.S. 93 north of Wikieup are nearly completed.

"This particular stretch is north of Wikieup and it's a seven mile stretch," said Krugel. "Seven miles of new southbound lanes have been built and the northbound lanes have been re-paved."

They said the final stage of the $26 million project, which includes landscaping and permanent lane striping, should be finished in July.

According to ADOT, impact on traffic will be minimal.

Transportation officials said they eventually want to make U.S. 93 a four-lane divided highway throughout a 200-mile stretch.

Nearly a billion dollars has gone to widening and improving the highway from Wickenburg to the Hoover Dam over the past several years.

ADOT video on the U.S. 93 improvements.

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