PHOENIX (ADOT) -- Motorists traveling from the (Papago Freeway) between 67th and 51st avenues due to construction of the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Eastbound I-10 will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, to 4 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in west Phoenix.
To avoid delays on eastbound I-10, motorists should consider alternate routes, including the Loop 101 (Agua Fria Freeway) west of Interstate 17, or exiting I-10 sooner and taking local streets to re-enter past the closure point.
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The closure will allow two large cranes to safely set 12 concrete beams over the eastbound I-10 travel lanes that will support one of the flyover bridges connecting I-10 with the South Mountain Freeway.
Eastbound I-10 traffic can exit at 67th Avenue and detour either to McDowell Road or Van Buren Street before re-entering the freeway at 51st Avenue; however, heavy delays are likely.
The eastbound I-10 on-ramps at 91st, 83rd, 79th and 75th avenues will be closed to help reduce traffic backups, as well as the eastbound I-10 access road between 67th and 51st avenues. In addition, 59th Avenue will be closed in both directions from Roosevelt Street to just north of the I-10 overpass.
The 22-mile South Mountain Freeway, expected to open as early as late 2019, 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.
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ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions will occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule. To stay up-to-date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit ADOT's Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov or call 511.
For more information on the South Mountain Freeway, visit SouthMountainFreeway.com.