West Valley bridge given green light to open for NASCAR race

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PHOENIX - The following is a press release from the Arizona Department of Transportation:

Checkered flags will be waving for race fans using Interstate 10 this weekend to reach Phoenix International Raceway in the Southwest Valley. .

The Dysart Road interchange, one of four on I-10 that serves PIR traffic, was given the green light to open on Friday, Oct. 31. The bridge is among seven that have been or will be expanded to accommodate the widening of I-10.

Lee Baumgarten, director of operations at PIR, says the I-10 construction planning process with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has been productive.

As is the case for all NASCAR race weekends at Phoenix International Raceway, we are working closely with ADOT and the surrounding cities to put together a strategic plan that will ensure a positive experience for our patrons, Baumgarten said. Through these efforts, we are confident that race fans will continue to have positive experiences in their travel to and from PIR.

The four bridges over I-10 that serve PIR traffic are on Estrella/Pebble Creek Parkway Litchfield Road, Dysart Road and Avondale Boulevard. I-10 Improvement Project plans call for the reconstruction of seven bridges total. Bridge expansion is under way at the remaining three interchanges and is anticipated to be complete by the end of this year.

The I-10 expansion project is part of the 2004 voter-approved Regional Transportation Plan and will provide additional lanes between Verrado Way and Loop 101 (Agua Fria Freeway), a heavily traveled section of I-10. The freeway expansion includes adding new outside lanes and widening into the median to improve east and west traffic flow for West Valley commuters.