I-10 closures could slow West Valley drivers

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PHOENIX -- A construction project on the west side of town could slow down drivers on the I-10. Anyone who may be planning to drive on the freeway west of Phoenix could see not only delays but closures Wednesday night into early Thursday morning.

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) says crews from Arizona Public Service (APS) need to conduct utility work in the area around the Loop 303 (at Cotton Lane).  This project is related to the construction of a major traffic interchange linking I-10 and the Loop 303.

A spokesman from ADOT says drivers should expect these restrictions on the I-10, and even closures of up to 15 minutes in duration, between 10 p.m. Wednesday (January 4) and 4 a.m. Thursday (January 5). Additionally, both I-10 on-ramps at Cotton Lane will be closed overnight during that same time period.  Drivers who plan to travel in that area late Tuesday night are asked to allow extra travel time.

According to ADOT, the Loop 303 (Bob Stump Memorial Parkway) will serve as a vital regional transportation link in the West Valley and beyond. The 39-mile freeway stretches from I-10 in Goodyear I-17 in Phoenix, operating primarily as a two-lane roadway from I-10 to U.S. 60 (Grand Avenue), and becoming a four-lane divided highway from north of U.S. 60 to I-17.