Freeway construction means closures east/west Valley

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PHOENIX -- Before you head out this weekend, make a note of these planned construction projects from the Arizona Department of Transportation, so you can avoid the traffic tie-ups.  Work on both the east and west sides of town will affect drivers on different ends of the Valley.

The Baseline off-ramp on the eastbound side of I-10 will be closed for maintenance.  Additionally, continuing work on the Loop 303 will mean closures as far north as Peoria Avenue.  Also, Northern Avenue will be shut down for construction around the 303 starting this weekend.  But this closure will be in effect for the next two months.

• Eastbound Interstate 10 off-ramp at Baseline Road will be closed from 5 a.m. Saturday to 2 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 9) for maintenance work. DETOUR: Be prepared to use adjacent eastbound exits, including 48th Street, while the Baseline exit is closed.

• Loop 303 will be closed in both directions between Cactus Road and Peoria Avenue from 3 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 8) for pavement improvements. DETOUR: drivers should consider using Cotton Lane.

• Northern Avenue closed between Cotton Lane and Sarival Avenue for approximately two months starting Monday (Sept. 10) for Loop 303 construction. DETOUR: Consider using Olive or Glendale avenues as alternate routes.