Thursday, October 12, 2017

Westbound I-10 to close west of downtown Phoenix this weekend

Closure to be lifted prior to Sunday’s Cardinals football game

Motorists traveling to the West Valley this weekend should allow extra travel time and plan ahead to avoid a closure of westbound Interstate 10 (Papago Freeway) at 59th Avenue for construction of the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Westbound I-10 at 59th Avenue will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 to 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. The closure will allow a large crane to safely place an 80-foot-long steel falsework beam above I-10 for a flyover bridge.

The closure will be lifted several hours before the 1 p.m. Arizona Cardinals football game at University of Phoenix Stadium.

During the closure, westbound I-10 traffic will be able to exit the freeway at the 59th Avenue off-ramp and re-enter at the 59th Avenue on-ramp, but delays are likely.

The westbound I-10 on-ramps at 43rd and 51st avenues will be closed as well to help reduce traffic backups.

To avoid delays on westbound 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.

This month through mid-November, I-10 travelers in the West Valley can expect a series of nightly and weekend I-10 eastbound and westbound closures at 59th Avenue for construction of theI-10/Loop 202 interchange.

Dates and times of each of the closures are included in the South Mountain Freeway weekly traffic alerts, ADOT’s weekend travel advisories, and on az511.gov or by calling 511.

ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but unscheduled closures or restrictions may 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.

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