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Westbound I-10 to Close West of Downtown Phoenix This Weekend

Posted by on Aug 4, 2017 in RoadNews | Comments Off on Westbound I-10 to Close West of Downtown Phoenix This Weekend

Westbound I-10 to Close West of Downtown Phoenix This Weekend

Motorists traveling to the West Valley this weekend should allow extra travel time and consider alternate routes with a 16-hour closure of westbound Interstate 10 (Papago Freeway) planned at 59th Avenue for construction of the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Westbound I-10 will be closed at 59th Avenue from 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5. The closure will allow construction crews to pour a concrete structure, known as a straddle bent, over I-10 for the future westbound I-10 ramp connection to the South Mountain Freeway.

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

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.

The straddle bent, which is one of seven on the project, is a large horizontal concrete pier cap supported by vertical columns. Those columns, spaced far enough apart to allow for the I-10 traffic beneath the straddle bent, are used on flyover bridge structures throughout the Valley.

The 22-mile South Mountain Freeway, expected to open by 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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I-10 Construction Restrictions This Weekend in Phoenix

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in RoadNews | Comments Off on I-10 Construction Restrictions This Weekend in Phoenix

I-10 Construction Restrictions This Weekend in Phoenix

Freeway construction restrictions in the Phoenix area will be limited this weekend (July 21-24), according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Weather permitting, westbound I-10 overnight restrictions at 59th Avenue in west Phoenix will resume on Sunday evening and continue next week. ADOT says drivers should allow extra travel time, consider alternate routes and use caution in work zones while the following restrictions are in place:

Westbound Interstate 10 narrowed to one lane overnight at 59th Avenue from 9 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday (July 24) for bridge construction at Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway interchange. Westbound I-10 also closed for brief periods at 59th Avenue during overnight hours. DETOUR: When intermittent westbound I-10 closures are needed, traffic will detour along off- and on-ramps at 59th Avenue. Drivers should allow extra travel time and consider alternate routes. NOTE: This restriction also scheduled Monday through Thursday nights (July 24-28).
Weekend Freeway Travel Advisory Map

Southbound Interstate 17 narrowed to two lanes (left lanes closed) overnight between Dunlap Avenue and Bethany Home Road from 7 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday (July 23) for overhead sign improvements. DETOUR: Please allow extra travel time and be prepared to merge safely when approaching the work zone. Watch for highway workers and equipment.


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Overnight Closures, Traffic Restrictions for I-10 Construction in Phoenix

Posted by on Jul 8, 2017 in RoadNews | Comments Off on Overnight Closures, Traffic Restrictions for I-10 Construction in Phoenix

Overnight Closures, Traffic Restrictions for I-10 Construction in Phoenix

The Arizona Department of Transportation reports that late-night motorists traveling on westbound Interstate 10 (Papago Freeway) at 59th Avenue should prepare for overnight closures early next week and lane restrictions the remainder of the month as crews work on the flyover bridge structures that will eventually connect to the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway.

Motorists using westbound I-10 toward the West Valley are encouraged to adjust their travel schedules to avoid the closures and lane restrictions, or allow extra travel time due to heavy traffic, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The following I-10 overnight closures and traffic restrictions at 59th Avenue are scheduled during July:

  • Westbound I-10 closed at 59th Avenue from 9 p.m. Monday (July 10) to 5 a.m. Tuesday (July 11), from 9 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday (July 12) and from 9 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday (July 13).
  • Westbound I-10 narrowed to one lane with brief intermittent closures at 59th Avenue from 9 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday (July 14) and from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday (July 15).
  • Westbound I-10 narrowed to one lane overnight with brief intermittent closures at 59th Avenue from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights (July 16-20) – ending at 5 a.m. Friday.
  • Westbound I-10 narrowed to one lane overnight with brief intermittent closures at 59th Avenue from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights (July 23-27) – ending at 5 a.m. Friday.

During freeway closures, westbound I-10 traffic will detour along the off- and on-ramps at 59th Avenue.

The scheduled restrictions are subject to change due to inclement weather or other unforeseen factors. The project team will update the schedule of planned restrictions if necessary.

The 22-mile South Mountain Freeway, expected to open by 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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AAA: This Independence Day will be Historic, More Americans to Travel than Ever Before

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in RoadNews | Comments Off on AAA: This Independence Day will be Historic, More Americans to Travel than Ever Before

AAA: This Independence Day will be Historic, More Americans to Travel than Ever Before

This Independence Day, a record-breaking 44.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home, taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways to honor the red, white and blue. With 1.25 million more travelers than last year, 2017 will be marked as the most traveled Independence Day holiday weekend ever.

“Combined, strong employment, rising incomes and higher consumer confidence bode well for the travel industry, in particular this Independence Day weekend,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president, Travel and Publishing. “A historic 44.2 million Americans will travel to celebrate our nation’s freedom this year, adding to an already bustling summer travel season.”

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I-10 Detour for Bridge Construction in Beaumont

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in RoadNews | Comments Off on I-10 Detour for Bridge Construction in Beaumont

I-10 Detour for Bridge Construction in Beaumont

The Texas Department of Transportation reports that, as part of the current I-10 widening project from SH 73 to Hamshire Road in Chambers and Jefferson counties, the existing Brush Island Bridge, which crosses over I-10, will be replaced with a new overpass.

Weather permitting, demolition of the Brush Island Bridge structure will require nightly closures of I-10 the week of June 19, from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

During the closures, I-10 mainlane traffic between SH 73 and FM 365 will be detoured onto FM 365, SH 124, and SH 73. Additional signage and police enforcement will be placed along the detour route to accommodate the traveling public and promote safety.

Please note: The I-10 frontage roads are not continuous in this area; thus, they are not a viable detour. The frontage roads will, however, remain open for local traffic.

The demolition requiring the closures is estimated to take four nights.

  • Tuesday night, June 20
    I-10 eastbound traffic detoured
  • Wednesday night, June 21
    I-10 eastbound traffic detoured
  • Thursday night, June 22
    I-10 westbound traffic detoured

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New I-10 Access Road Opens in Louisiana

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in RoadNews | Comments Off on New I-10 Access Road Opens in Louisiana

New I-10 Access Road Opens in Louisiana

The Louisiana Department of Transportation recently announced that the new I-10 Access Road in Crowley, Acadia Parish, is now open to traffic.

The $3.5 million road project involved construction of 1.17-miles of new access road along I-10 between La 13 and La 1111.


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Alternating Ramp Closures for I-10 Construction in El Paso

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in RoadNews | Comments Off on Alternating Ramp Closures for I-10 Construction in El Paso

Alternating Ramp Closures for I-10 Construction in El Paso

I-10 Construction in El Paso will result in the following closures as reported by the Texas Department of Transportation until further notice:

I-10 east and westbound alternate entrance and exit ramps will be closed between the Zaragoza overpass to Eastlake overpass. Closures will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (at different times throughout the day and at different locations)

Crews will be doing miscellaneous work. Please follow the detour signs in place on all projects. All work is dependent upon weather conditions.


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2017 Memorial Day Weekend Travel Highest Since 2005

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in RoadNews | Comments Off on 2017 Memorial Day Weekend Travel Highest Since 2005

2017 Memorial Day Weekend Travel Highest Since 2005

The American Automobile Association (AAA) projects that 39.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Memorial Day weekend. That is one million more travelers than last year taking to the roads, skies, rails and water, creating the highest Memorial Day travel volume since 2005.

“The expected spike in Memorial Day travel mirrors the positive growth seen throughout the travel industry this year,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president, Travel and Publishing. “Higher confidence has led to more consumer spending, and many Americans are choosing to allocate their extra money on travel this Memorial Day.”

The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 25 to Monday, May 29.

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Ramp Closures, Detours for I-10 Construction in Texas

Posted by on May 21, 2017 in RoadNews | Comments Off on Ramp Closures, Detours for I-10 Construction in Texas

Ramp Closures, Detours for I-10 Construction in Texas

A new connector that allows drivers from I-10 Katy Freeway direct access to outbound US 290 and I-610 North Loop east is nearing completion. The Texas Department of Transportation’s contractor working on the US 290 Project J-1 accelerated work on this ramp, which will provide welcome relief to drivers who experience the daily weave on I-610 West Loop northbound mainlanes between I-10 and US 290.

Crews will work this weekend to finalize pavement markings and signage and then safely switch traffic to the new lanes. The following will be closed:

From 7 p.m., Saturday, May 20, through 5 a.m., Monday, May 22

  • I-10 east- and westbound connector ramps to I-610 northbound will be closed. Drivers will be detoured to I-610 southbound, exit at Woodway, and U-turn to I-610 northbound.
  • I-610 northbound from US 290 to West 18th will have two outside lanes closed.
  • I-610 northbound exit ramp to US 290 will have the outside lane closed on the ramp. The exit ramp will be closed for approximately one hour as work progresses.

Once the new connector is opened, drivers will need to adjust to the new traffic configuration.

  • From I-10: The exit from I-10 will remain in its current location. Instead of joining the I-610 mainlanes, drivers will move toward the right onto the new, three-lane connector. The inside lane will exit to US 290, and the right two lanes will continue to I-610 eastbound. There will be an exit from the connector to access West 18th/Minimax/Hempstead.
  • From I-610 northbound: Two additional mainlanes will open north of Old Katy Road, giving a total of five mainlanes. The outside lane will become a dedicated exit ramp to US 290, with four mainlanes continuing on I-610, and an optional exit to West 18th. Past the exit, the outside lane merges, giving a total of three mainlanes continuing on I-610.

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I-10 Construction Creates Heavy Delays in Louisiana

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in RoadNews | Comments Off on I-10 Construction Creates Heavy Delays in Louisiana

I-10 Construction Creates Heavy Delays in Louisiana

Travelers on I-10 eastbound in the Baton Rouge area are experiencing traffic congestion and long delays associated with construction activities.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation reports that the I-10 construction area is located from mile marker 107 to mile marker 152. Eastbound motorists are advised to take I-49 north to US 190 east as a route to avoid the construction.

DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds motorists to please drive with caution through construction sites and look out for work crews and their equipment.


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