If your holiday travel plans include using Interstate 10 between Phoenix and California, the Arizona Department of Transportation has some good news about one of its construction projects west of the Valley. In time for the Fourth of July weekend, I-10 is open once again to two lanes in each direction at the Hassayampa River bridges, 40 miles west of downtown Phoenix.
Crews added new bridge decks at the I-10 crossing near 339th Avenue. The upgraded bridge is the result of a $3.9 million improvement project. For months the work required highway lane restrictions. Traffic had been limited to one lane in each direction during the project, and drivers experienced as much as 90 minute delays.
Also west of Phoenix, ll new lanes along I-10 between Loop 101 and Verrado Way west of Phoenix are open following a series of projects to enhance traffic flow. Crews reconstructed and widened the freeway over the last three years. Crews have been working in the past week to finish lane striping along sections of I-10 that are now as wide as five lanes in each direction.
AAA of Arizona expects more than 600,000 people will drive to a vacation destination for this holiday weekend. That is why ADOT and the Department of Public Safety both urge drivers to be safe on the roadways. In addition to buckling up and never drinking and driving, motorists are urged to obey speed limits and to remain patient while on the road. Getting a good night’s rest before traveling and checking your vehicle, including its tire pressure, are other summer driving safety tips.