Look for delays on your way to the Rim for a while. The Beeline (SR87) will be
down to one lane each way about 25 miles south of Payson seven days a week,
and the US60 in the Salt River Canyon between Globe and Show Low will be down
to one lane with traffic flow alternating with flagmen Monday - Friday.
More info at azdot.gov/SR87improvement and azdot.gov/US60chipseal
Listen to my Valley Views interview with ADOT spokesperson Ryan Harding for more.
UPDATE .. JULY 20
PHOENIX – Drivers should budget extra time and consider an alternate route between the Phoenix area and Rim Country, especially on the weekends, with State Route 87 reduced to one lane in each direction south of Payson for a critically needed project that is repairing a section of highway and stabilizing the terrain around it.
The Arizona Department of Transportation work zone is near Slate Creek, about 25 miles south of Payson between mileposts 223 and 226. The lane restrictions are in place around the clock through the fall, though ADOT plans to lift the lane closures over Labor Day weekend.
As an alternative, drivers may want to consider taking SR 260 between Interstate 17 at Camp Verde and Payson, especially on weekends.