Arizona's first freeway U-turn bridge opens

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by Gina Maravilla

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Posted on May 9, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Updated Monday, May 9 at 11:11 AM

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Arizona Department of Transportation says the state's first freeway U-turn bridge is now open to traffic in the northwest Valley. Engineers say it will allow drivers to more easily access the Eastbound Loop 101 from Peoria neighborhoods.

The bridge opened this past weekend at Union Hills Drive. It will also allow access to the recently completed extension of Beardsley Road and the newly constructed frontage road that opened last fall. In addition to this new convenience, the Union Hills interchange was widened and Loop 101 access to and from Beardsley Road was added. A new southbound Loop 101 on-ramp south of Beardsley Road is now open, easing access to southbound Loop 101. 

All this provides local drivers with several options to get around this busy area.

The $20.6 million project was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the city of Peoria and through the voter-approved Regional Transportation Plan. The Arizona Department of Transportation managed construction of the improvements, in cooperation with the cities of Peoria and Glendale. 

This is a big month for ADOT openings. A new segment of Loop 303 from Happy Valley Road to Interstate 17 is set to open this week, along with a newly improved section of State Route 87 north of the Saguaro Lake turnoff (north of Fountain Hills).

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