GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Arizona Department of Safety construction crews have been hard at work for months in Goodyear, and now they are at the halfway point of a major project -- a freeway interchange linking Interstate 10 with Loop 303.
The “northern half” of the interchange, which will provide all the freeway-to-freeway ramps for drivers to make direct connections between I-10 and Loop 303 north of the interstate, is scheduled for completion in fall 2014.
“We’re excited to see the progress on this project,” Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord said in a news release after touring the construction site Wednesday. “The work is fascinating and represents the continued growth in Goodyear. I know our residents are watching the progress and looking forward to improving our local connectivity to other parts of the Valley. The timing is perfect as we anticipate the opening of the new regional mall in the next few years, with improved access to both Loop 303 and I-10.”
"We're going to have a wider I-10 out here, new lane for the westbound side of I-10," ADOT spokesman Doug Nintzel told 3TV's Tess Rafols Wednesday. "It's all going to take on a new look, but most importantly it's a connection to a very upgraded Loop 303."
Originally a two-lane highway, Loop 303 (Bob Stump Memorial Parkway) will be a six-lane freeway from I-10 to the Grand Avenue area when the work is complete.
If you're curious about what it will be like to drive on the ramps and roadways that will be at the new interchange, ADOT has developed a "Virtual Drive" using the Google Earth Plug-in.
The massive project, ADOT's biggest undertaking in the state right now, carries a $134 million price tag.