Power line project to spark heavy I-10 delaysPosted: Updated:
Heavy delays can be expected along a portion of Interstate 10 this weekend stemming from a power line project, the Arizona Public Service said.
Westbound I-10 will be closed between the Interstate 17 'Split' near Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Seventh Avenue, while eastbound I-10 will be closed between the I-17 'Stack' interchange and the Loop 202/State Route 51 interchange. The closure is in effect from 2 a.m. on Saturday to 11 p.m. on Sunday.
The westbound Loop 202 and southbound SR 51 ramps to westbound I-10 also will be closed.
The Arizona Department of Transportation warns drivers, including those with travel plans in or out of Sky Harbor Airport, to expect heavy traffic congestion in areas approaching the I-10 closure.
I-10 traffic will be detoured to Interstate 17 south and west of the downtown area, but heavy delays can be expected.
The I-10 closure is required to allow crews working on the APS project to safely remove three older power lines and replace them with six new power lines in the area of the Seventh Street overpass.
According to APS, the work will add a second circuit to the Seventh Street power-line system to meet higher electrical demands and ensure greater reliability in the Phoenix area.
This weekend was selected for the closure to allow APS to get the necessary work done before much-hotter summer weather arrives, and before electric power demand climbs this summer.
The weekend was also selected because the Arizona Diamondbacks will be playing out of town in Chicago.
While the APS power-line work is underway, ADOT also will have crews conducting maintenance work in and near the I-10 Deck Park Tunnel.
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