ADOT Weekend Freeway Travel Advisory (Feb. 10-13)Posted: Updated:
Improvement projects will require closures or lane restrictions along Phoenix-area freeways this weekend (Feb. 10-13), according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Drivers should consider alternate routes, use caution and allow extra travel time while the following restrictions are scheduled:
- Westbound Interstate 10 closed between 51st and 75th avenues from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday (Feb. 13) for work zone setup related to the future South Mountain Freeway interchange. Westbound I-10 on-ramps at 35th and 43rd avenues also closed. Expect heavy traffic. DETOUR: Please consider alternate routes, including westbound/southbound Loop 101 (Agua Fria Freeway) west of I-17 in north Phoenix. Note: Eastbound I-10 will be closed in the same area the following weekend (Feb. 17-20). Please plan ahead.
- Eastbound Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) closed between I-10 and 44th Street from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 11) for lane striping. All I-10 ramps to eastbound Loop 202 closed. Southbound State Route 51 ramp to eastbound Loop 202 will be open, but drivers must exit at 32nd Street. DETOUR: Consider alternate routes including I-10 to northbound State Route 143 to reach eastbound Loop 202.
- Eastbound US 60 (Superstition Freeway) closed between Gilbert Road and Val Vista Drive from 10 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 11) for traffic-flow detector installation. Eastbound US 60 on-ramps at Mesa and Stapley drives also closed. DETOUR: Consider exiting eastbound US 60 ahead of closure and using Baseline Road or Southern Avenue to Val Vista Drive.
- Eastbound US 60 (Superstition Freeway) closed at Stapley Drive from 10 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday (Feb. 12) for traffic-flow sensor installation. Eastbound US 60 on-ramps at Country Club and Mesa drives closed. DETOUR: Eastbound US 60 traffic will detour along the off- and on-ramps at Mesa Drive. Consider exiting ahead of closure and using local routes.
- Eastbound Interstate 10 closed between 48th Street and Broadway Road from 9 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday (Feb. 13) for traffic-flow sensor installation. Eastbound I-10 on-ramps at 32nd and 40th streets also closed. DETOUR: Consider alternate routes including eastbound Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) to southbound Loop 101 (Price Freeway) and westbound Loop 202 (Santan Freeway) to connect with eastbound I-10.
- Northbound Interstate 17 narrowed to one lane between 19th Avenue and Adams Street from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 12) for construction. DETOUR: Consider alternate routes including westbound Interstate 10 through tunnel to northbound I-17 at Stack interchange.
- Westbound US 60 (Grand Avenue) closed at Loop 101 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday (Feb. 13) for improvements to New River bridge. DETOUR: Consider alternate routes or detours that include Thunderbird Road, Peoria Avenue and 99th Avenue.
I-10 closures needed to establish safe work zone for future Loop 202 expansion
- Crews to restripe existing travel lanes, set concrete barrier during closure
PHOENIX -- There is never a good time to close a freeway, particularly one as busy as Interstate 10, but it’s absolutely necessary to ensure the safety of the traveling public and construction workers preparing for construction of the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway interchange at 59th Avenue.
Closing westbound I-10 lanes in the project area over the coming weekend and eastbound lanes over the following weekend will allow the Arizona Department of Transportation and Connect 202 Partners, the developer for the South Mountain Freeway, to widen the median and create a safe zone for the work to come.
A lot of time-intensive work goes into that, starting with placing nearly four miles of temporary concrete barrier on each side of the widened median when westbound I-10 is closed this weekend between 51st and 75th avenues. Next weekend, nearly four miles of temporary concrete barrier will go in along eastbound I-10 (toward downtown Phoenix) between 75th and 51st avenues.
With travel lanes shifting outward to accommodate the wider median, crews also must work around the clock over these two weekends to remove lane striping and restripe lanes.
ADOT selected the weekends of Feb. 10-13 and Feb. 17-20 for these closures, each scheduled to last from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, to keep the South Mountain Freeway project moving toward completion by late 2019. The timing also avoids spring training baseball, the NCAA Men’s Final Four Basketball Championship and the recent Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament.
Work on the interchange won’t start right away, but before long crews will begin using this median work zone to remove the cable barrier, add pavement and allow access for utility and bridge-related work, including direct HOV lane access east of 59th Avenue to and from the future Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway toward downtown Phoenix.
In addition to the traffic interchange, improvements for the South Mountain Freeway will include widening I-10 from 43rd to 75th avenues with merge lanes in each direction and adding two-mile-long access roads to improve traffic flow between 51st and 67th avenues. The new access roads will carry two lanes of traffic in each direction parallel to I-10.
The 22-mile South Mountain Freeway will provide a long-planned direct link between the East Valley and West Valley and a much-needed alternative to I-10 through downtown Phoenix. Approved by Maricopa County voters in 1985 and again in 2004 as part of a comprehensive regional transportation plan, the South Mountain Freeway will complete the Loop 202 and Loop 101 freeway system in the Valley.
For more information on the South Mountain Freeway, visit SouthMountainFreeway.com.
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