Loop 101 improvement project in Scottsdale area starts this weekend

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

Crews will add lanes between Shea Boulevard and Loop 202

PHOENIX - Construction crews begin initial work this weekend on a major project to add one new lane in each direction along Loop 101 between Shea Boulevard and Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) in the Scottsdale area, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
 
Northbound Loop 101 will be closed overnight between 90th Street and Shea Boulevard from 10 p.m. tonight (Friday) to 7 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 9) for work on the project. Northbound freeway traffic can detour along northbound 90th Street and westbound Shea Boulevard to travel beyond tonight's closure.
 
In addition to the northbound closure tonight, Loop 101 will be narrowed to two lanes in both directions between Via De Ventura and Shea Boulevard from 10 p.m. tonight (Friday night) to 5 a.m. Monday (Aug. 11).
 
The $72.7 million project will widen 11 miles of Loop 101.
 
A second new northbound Loop 101 lane also will be constructed between the Loop 202 interchange and McDowell Road.
 
The improvement project is scheduled for completion by late 2016.
 
Crews will widen Loop 101 bridges over local streets to hold the new north- and southbound freeway. New lighting, signs and landscaping also will be added along the improved freeway. A new layer of smooth rubberized asphalt will be placed across all lanes of the expanded freeway.
 
Drivers are urged to plan ahead for restrictions, including overnight and weekend closures, as well as a lower speed limit of 55 mph within the work zone.
 
The Loop 101 improvement project between Shea Boulevard and Loop 202 is funded through the Maricopa Association of Governments' Regional Transportation Plan approved by Maricopa County voters in 2004.
 
More information about the Loop 101 improvement project is available at www.azdot.gov/Loop101.