WB I-10 contruction could mean delays for travelers

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by Catherine Holland

AZDOT

Posted on August 2, 2011 at 2:13 PM

PHOENIX – Drivers who plan to use westbound Interstate 10 approaching the Phoenix area this weekend are urged to plan ahead and consider alternate routes. The Arizona Department of Transportation is advising travelers from Tucson and elsewhere to expect slow traffic due to construction work along I-10.

Westbound I-10 will be narrowed to one lane between Wild Horse Pass and Chandler boulevards from 10 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 6) for improvement work on overhead travel signs and construction of a High Occupancy Vehicle lane bridge. The Loop 202 (Santan Freeway/Pecos Road) ramps to westbound I-10 will be closed overnight from 10 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday.

ADOT suggests drivers consider traveling before or after the I-10 restriction is in place or plan on using the following alternate routes in the area:

• Exit westbound I-10 at State Route 587 (Casa Blanca Road) and travel north on Arizona Avenue in Chandler, west on Loop 202, north on Loop 101 and west on US 60 (Superstition Freeway) to reconnect with I-10 in Tempe.

• Exit westbound I-10 at State Route 347 (Queen Creek Road) and go east on Queen Creek Road, north on Price Road to northbound Loop 101 (Price Freeway) and west on US 60 (Superstition Freeway) to reconnect with I-10 in Tempe.

In addition, the westbound I-10 off-ramp at Chandler Boulevard will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 6). The westbound I-10 ramps to Loop 202 (eastbound Santan Freeway, westbound Pecos Road) will be closed from 3 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 6) for overhead sign work. Drivers can use Ray Road as an alternate route to connect with either roadway.

Crews will install larger, easier-to-read freeway signs along I-10 between Wild Horse Pass and Chandler boulevards. The westbound I-10 lanes in the area also will be shifted back to their original alignment following construction of a Loop 202 HOV lane bridge that required a detour since last fall.

ADOT is adding 12 miles of HOV lanes along Loop 202 between I-10 and Gilbert Road in Chandler, as well as direct freeway-to-freeway HOV lane bridges between Loop 202 and I-10 as well as Loop 101 (Price Freeway). The project is scheduled for completion this fall.

Up-to-date state highway conditions are available via ADOT’s Travel Information site at www.az511.gov or by calling 5-1-1 in Arizona.

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