Freeway work

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – A stretch of eastbound Interstate 10 will be closed in west Phoenix this weekend because of the Arizona Department of Transportation’s ongoing pavement improvement project. Crews will be removing asphalt from a 2.5-mile stretch of the freeway between 43rd Avenue and the Stack interchange at Interstate 17. The northbound ramps from Loop 202 South Mountain to eastbound I-10 will be closed, as well, along with the on-ramps to eastbound I-10 at 67th and 51st avenues.

The closures start at 9 p.m. Friday and will be in place through 5 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 22. Everything should be back opening in time for the morning rush hour.

“The work to improve rough pavement conditions along I-10 is being done ahead of the traditional holiday travel season that starts Thanksgiving week,” ADOT said.


For those heading to Sky Harbor International Airport, the East Valley, or Tucson, ADOT suggestions go from I-10 to southbound/eastbound Loop 202 South Mountain east of 67th Avenue. Drivers can pick up the I-10 again near Chandler Boulevard in Ahwatukee.

Another option is to get off the freeway ahead of the closure and use Van Buren Street or McDowell Road to continue east. Drivers can get back on I-10 at 19th or 7th avenues. For West Valley drivers planning to come into the Phoenix area, try northbound Loop 101 or Loop 303 to connect with I-17.

The project

This weekend’s closure is part of a $12 million project that started in September. It’s focused on the stretch of I-10 between I-17 and Avondale Boulevard, and should be complete by summer 2022.

I-10 Avondale Boulevard to I-17 Pavement Improvement Project

"The purpose of the project is to extend the life of the pavement and to improve safety and the driving experience on the existing roadway,"  ADOT says.

The asphalt pavement is being removed and the concrete pavement that's already there is being repaired, including diamond grinding to smooth out the surface of the concrete pavement.

Crews also will modify the should to create another travel lane on I-10 between 67th Avenue and Avondale Boulevard. The lane from southbound Loop 101 to the westbound I-10 ramp will be modified, as well, to create two lanes.

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