Major closures are scheduled this weekend for two freeway improvement projects in the Phoenix area, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Schedules are subject to change due to inclement weather, but drivers should plan ahead, allow extra travel time and consider alternate routes for the following weekend freeway restrictions:
Eastbound I-10 closed between the US 60 interchange in Tempe and Chandler Boulevard from 10 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Monday (Aug. 2) for asphalt removal as part of the new I-10 Broadway Curve Improvement Project. Westbound US 60 ramp to eastbound I-10 closed. Eastbound I-10 on-ramps between Broadway and Ray roads closed. Please allow extra travel time and expect heavy traffic. DETOURS: Eastbound I-10 traffic can detour on eastbound US 60 to southbound Loop 101 (Price Freeway) and westbound Loop 202 (Santan Freeway) to reach I-10 beyond closure. Drivers in the West Valley can consider using southbound/eastbound Loop 202 (South Mountain Freeway) to avoid closure and connect with I-10 near Chandler Boulevard. Eastbound I-10 drivers in the West Valley/Buckeye area with plans to travel beyond Phoenix can consider using southbound SR 85 to eastbound I-8 to connect with I-10 in the Casa Grande area.
Eastbound Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) closed between Tatum Boulevard and Pima Road/Princess Drive from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday(Aug. 2) for lane striping as part of widening project. Northbound SR 51 ramps to eastbound Loop 101 closed. Eastbound Loop 101 on-ramp at Cave Creek Road also closed. Allow extra travel time and expect heavy traffic. DETOUR: Alternate freeway routes to the East Valley include southbound I-17 or southbound SR 51 to reach eastbound Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway). Local traffic can consider using eastbound Bell Road/Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard to travel beyond the Loop 101 closure.
Central Avenue closed in both directions at Interstate 17 south of downtown Phoenix from 9 p.m. Friday to noon Saturday (July 31) for bridge work. Central Avenue limited to local traffic only in areas between Buckeye and Broadway roads. DETOUR: Alternate routes include Seventh Avenue or 16th Street (Seventh Street closed in the area).
Eastbound Interstate 10 narrowed to one lane overnight in areas between State Route 85 and Verrado Way in Buckeye from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Tuesday nights (Aug. 1-3) for initial paving work as part of widening project. DETOUR: Please allow extra travel time and be prepared to slow down and merge safely when approaching and traveling through work zones.
Westbound State Route 24 (Gateway Freeway) ramp to westbound Loop 202 (Santan Freeway) in Mesa closed from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 1) for pavement maintenance. DETOUR: Consider using northbound Ellsworth Road to westbound Elliot Road to access westbound Loop 202.
Northern Arizona Travel Note: Interstate 40 lane restrictions should be expected this summer in the Flagstaff area for resurfacing and bridge work. I-40 narrowed to one lane in work zones. Drivers should allow extra time and consider traveling outside of peak traffic hours – including on weekends.
Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov and by calling 511. Information about highway conditions also is available through ADOT’s Twitter feed, @ArizonaDOT