State Route 51 being extended; road restrictions in place this weekendPosted: Updated:
Work begins Thursday night on a project to build ramps connecting State Route 51 to Black Mountain Boulevard, north of Loop 101.
Starting at 9 p.m. Thursday, the Loop 101 HOV lanes will be closed between Cave Creek Road and Tatum Boulevard, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
The lanes are expected to be closed until late August.
There are also some weekend closures planned:
1. Loop 101 eastbound and westbound left two lanes (HOV and one General Purpose Lane) closed from 9:00 PM Thursday, June 18 to 5:00 AM Friday, June 19 to begin setting up temporary concrete barrier in the median for closure.
2. Loop 101 eastbound and westbound left three lanes (HOV and two General Purpose Lanes) closed from 10:00 PM Friday, June 19 to 7:00 AM Saturday, June 20 to begin setting up temporary concrete barrier in the median for closure.
3. Loop 101 eastbound and westbound left three lanes (HOV and two General Purpose Lanes) closed from 10:00 PM Saturday, June 20 to 9:00 AM Sunday, June 21 to complete set up of temporary concrete barrier in the median for closure, if needed.
4. And, Loop 101 eastbound and westbound HOV Lane closed from 9:00 PM Thursday, June 20 to 5:00 AM Monday, August 24 for median work, protected with temporary concrete barrier.
ADOT and the City of Phoenix are partnering on the $17.8 million project, which is part of the Maricopa Association of Governments' Regional Transportation Plan approved by county voters in 2004.
Crews will build new elevated ramps to make north- and southbound connections between SR 51 and Black Mountain Boulevard, a north-south roadway that will carry traffic north of Loop 101 to Pinnacle Peak Road.
The connections between SR 51 and Black Mountain Boulevard have been part of the City of Phoenix's plans for the area north of Loop 101 for several years. Improvements have been built by Phoenix since last year, including a new segment of Black Mountain Boulevard south of Pinnacle Peak Road. ADOT is now managing the construction of the final phase to construct the new SR 51 ramps that connect to Black Mountain Boulevard in the area south of Pinnacle High School.
The entire project is scheduled for completion by summer 2016.
The State Route 51 project also means the temporary closure of some hiking and biking trails around Reach 11.
Here is a list of the trails closed through May 2016:
-W211S from Cardinal to Roadrunner
-Coopers Hawk Loop
-Red Hawk Trail
-Great Horned Owl
You can find out more information online.