ADOT: First South Mountain Freeway bridge in Laveen open

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Laveen drivers are now the first to drive on a part of the South Mountain Freeway, considered a milestone for the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway project. (Source: ADOT) Laveen drivers are now the first to drive on a part of the South Mountain Freeway, considered a milestone for the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway project. (Source: ADOT)
After a five-month closure at the Elliot and 59th Avenue intersection, ADOT said crews have finished a bridge that allows traffic from Elliot Road to travel safely over the South Mountain Freeway mainline. (Source: ADOT) After a five-month closure at the Elliot and 59th Avenue intersection, ADOT said crews have finished a bridge that allows traffic from Elliot Road to travel safely over the South Mountain Freeway mainline. (Source: ADOT)
This closure, which detoured drivers to Dobbins Road between 59th and 75th avenues, allowed for crews to quickly finish one of the 13 interchanges for the South Mountain Freeway. (Source: ADOT) This closure, which detoured drivers to Dobbins Road between 59th and 75th avenues, allowed for crews to quickly finish one of the 13 interchanges for the South Mountain Freeway. (Source: ADOT)
Additional work needed to complete the interchange will include paving the ramps and freeway, signage, lighting, final striping signals and landscaping, according to ADOT. (Source: ADOT) Additional work needed to complete the interchange will include paving the ramps and freeway, signage, lighting, final striping signals and landscaping, according to ADOT. (Source: ADOT)
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Laveen drivers are now able to drive on the first completed South Mountain Freeway bridge, considered a milestone for the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway project.

[RELATED: First bridge installation of South Mountain Freeway complete]

After a five-month closure at the Elliot Road and 59th Avenue intersection, ADOT said crews have finished a bridge that allows traffic from Elliot Road to travel safely over the South Mountain Freeway mainline, scheduled to open by the end of 2019.

[RELATED: ADOT: Center section of South Mountain Freeway now under construction]

This closure, which detoured drivers to Dobbins Road between 59th and 75th avenues, allowed for crews to quickly finish one of the 13 interchanges for the South Mountain Freeway. It’s also one of 40 bridges planned for the 22-mile-long corridor, ADOT said.

[RELATED: South Mountain Freeway construction to ramp up in 2018]

Since the end of October, ADOT crews have finished more than 2,000 feet of road improvements including constructing a 272-foot, two-span bridge and installing underground utilities and drainage structures which includes many 4-foot-wide storm drain crossings.

[RELATED: South Mountain Freeway project starting to take shape (July 12, 2017)]

Additional work needed to complete the interchange will include paving the ramps and freeway, signage, lighting, final striping signals and landscaping, according to ADOT.

[MORE: New South Mountain Freeway to utilize 'diverging diamond interchange' (March 17, 2017)]

For more information on the South Mountain Freeway project, go to SouthMountainFreeway.com.

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