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Arizona I-10 Westbound to Temporarily Close Thursday Night

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in RoadNews | Comments Off on Arizona I-10 Westbound to Temporarily Close Thursday Night

Arizona I-10 Westbound to Temporarily Close Thursday Night

Motorists traveling to the West Valley late Thursday night should plan ahead for a closure of westbound Interstate 10 at 59th Avenue due to ongoing work related to the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway.

The closure will last for approximately three hours between 11 p.m. Thursday, April 27, and 5 a.m. Friday, April 28, when westbound traffic will exit and re-enter I-10 via ramps at 59th Avenue. Drivers should allow extra travel time.

Limited closures of westbound I-10 between 51st and 67th avenues will be needed for the next few weeks as the equipment is moved from one location to another to begin work on the bridge structures that will carry traffic over I-10 when the South Mountain Freeway opens by late 2019.

ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule.


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I-10 Closures Required to Move Construction Equipment in Phoenix

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in RoadNews | Comments Off on I-10 Closures Required to Move Construction Equipment in Phoenix

I-10 Closures Required to Move Construction Equipment in Phoenix

With a 100-ton crane standing adjacent to Interstate 10 near 59th Avenue and an oversized drill rig parked nearby in the median, work is getting underway to construct piers supporting the flyover ramps for the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway interchange at I-10 in the West Valley.SMF Interchange-Crane

A series of closures of westbound I-10 between 51st and 67th avenues are needed during the next few weeks to move this equipment to begin work on structures that will carry traffic over I-10 when the South Mountain Freeway opens by late 2019.

The first closure will last for approximately three hours between 11 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, and 5 a.m. Wednesday, April 19, when westbound traffic will exit and re-enter I-10 via ramps at 59th Avenue. Drivers should allow extra travel time.

There will be limited closures for the next few weeks as the equipment is moved from one location to another to drill deep foundations for the flyover ramp piers.

Over the next two years, crews from Connect 202 Partners, developer of the South Mountain Freeway project, will drill 43 shafts for the piers, using an auger to carve out 10-foot-diameter holes up to 100 feet deep. A crane will plant rebar cages in the holes, which will be filled with concrete.

In addition to the traffic interchange, improvements at the western end of the South Mountain Freeway include widening I-10 from 43rd to 75th avenues with merge lanes in each direction and adding two-mile-long access roads to improve traffic flow between 51st and 67th avenues. The new access roads will carry two lanes of traffic in each direction parallel to I-10.

The South Mountain Freeway will provide a long-planned direct link between the East Valley and West Valley and a much-needed alternative to Interstate 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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Construction Will Close I-10 in Both Directions This Weekend in Phoenix

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in RoadNews | Comments Off on Construction Will Close I-10 in Both Directions This Weekend in Phoenix

Construction Will Close I-10 in Both Directions This Weekend in Phoenix

The Arizona Department of Transportation announces that Interstate 10 will be closed in either direction overnight between Sarival Avenue and Perryville Road (near Loop 303) from 9:00 p.m. Friday to 3:00 a.m. Saturday (April 15) for bridge work.

DETOUR: Traffic will use local detour routes, including McDowell Road for westbound travel. Please allow extra travel time and be prepared to slow down and use caution when approaching the work zone.


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$3.7 Million I-10 Construction Project in Louisiana to Begin Monday

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in RoadNews | Comments Off on $3.7 Million I-10 Construction Project in Louisiana to Begin Monday

$3.7 Million I-10 Construction Project in Louisiana to Begin Monday

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is set to begin a $3.7 million project to resurface Interstate 10 from Causeway Boulevard to the Orleans Parish line starting Monday, April 17, 2017. The project, estimated for completion in midsummer 2017, is designed to extend the life of the existing roadway.

Contractor Barriere Construction Co., LLC will perform work to resurface just over two miles of I-10, including milling and replacement of asphalt roadway. The construction schedule will be 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday and nights only. Lane closures apply and will be announced as needed.

All construction activity is weather dependent and may be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. DOTD appreciates the motoring public’s patience and reminds drivers to please exercise caution when traveling through work zone areas and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment. Area residents should exercise caution when driving, walking or biking near an active work zone.


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I-10 Construction in Tempe Will Close Ramps, Detour Traffic

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in RoadNews | Comments Off on I-10 Construction in Tempe Will Close Ramps, Detour Traffic

I-10 Construction in Tempe Will Close Ramps, Detour Traffic

The Arizona Department of Transportation reports that the eastbound I-01 ramp to eastbound US Route 60 (Superstition Freeway) in Tempe will be closed overnight from 10:00 p.m. Friday, March 24 to 6:00 a.m. Saturday, March 25 for traffic-flow sensor installation.

Additionally, the eastbound I-10 on-ramps at State Route 143 and Broadway Road will be closed. Alternate routes include eastbound Baseline Road to northbound Priest Drive to access eastbound US 60.


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Aquarium of the Pacific Major Expansion Groundbreaking

Posted by on Mar 11, 2017 in Attractions, Featured, RoadNews, Slider | Comments Off on Aquarium of the Pacific Major Expansion Groundbreaking

Aquarium of the Pacific Major Expansion Groundbreaking

The Aquarium of the Pacific, in Long Beach, California, one of the nation’s largest and most-visited aquariums, celebrated its future Pacific Visions wing with a groundbreaking ceremony recently. The 29,000-square-foot, two-story sustainable structure is designed by the San Francisco-based architecture and design firm EHDD. The first major expansion project ever undertaken by the nonprofit aquarium, Pacific Visions, slated to open in late 2018/early 2019, will be the new focal point of the institution and will engage the public with epic ocean stories and inspire them to create a better future for our planet. The main Aquarium building will remain operational throughout the construction phase.

Pacific Visions is designed as a biomorphic structure. Complementing the Aquarium’s existing building, Pacific Visions will have a façade made up of more than 800 non-reflective glass panels covering an area of 18,000 square feet. The Pacific Visions project includes the Honda Pacific Visions Theater, new Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg Entrance and front pavilion, changing exhibit gallery with live animals, art gallery, and orientation gallery. The two-story, 300-seat Honda Pacific Visions Theater will include a 32-foot-tall, 130-foot long, 180-degree arc digital projection wall and a 30-foot-diameter floor projection disc to immerse visitors in a virtual ocean environment. The theater will bring to life epic ocean stories, allowing audiences to discover new species, witness the processes and phenomena of Earth’s ecosystems, and grapple with the many challenges facing the natural world. Seats will be wired for interactivity, providing visitors opportunities to explore a range of possible alternative pathways to the future and to discover how our activities will determine the future. All stories will be developed by the Aquarium in partnership with leading scientists, filmmakers, and digital artists.

Pacific Visions will incorporate a range of technologies and media design developed by EMMY award-winning Cortina Productions. Media technology will create rich, dynamic, relevant multi-sensory, multi-dimensional experiences. Interactive technology will create a space where science, art, and nature can blend in a fluid, intuitive way for innovative learning. Digital exhibits using real-time data will enable the Aquarium to address breaking scientific discoveries and current and emerging environmental topics. When visitors leave the Aquarium, they will be able to remain connected and share the experience with friends and family through the Pacific Visions app.


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Outdoor Adventure Awaits in San Antonio this Spring Break

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in Attractions, Destinations, Featured, RoadNews, Slider | Comments Off on Outdoor Adventure Awaits in San Antonio this Spring Break

Outdoor Adventure Awaits in San Antonio this Spring Break

Outdoor fun, theme park thrills and adrenaline-pumping excursions await in San Antonio this Spring Break. It’s not your average town and not your average adventure. Around every street corner and bend of the river there’s history to be made.

Here are just a few ways to live up the great outdoors in and around San Antonio:

  • Kayak the San Antonio River Walk’s Mission Reach
    Explore one of the most notable sites in the world by kayak. San Antonio‘s Mission Reach is the southern stretch of the famous River Walk. This wildflower-lined section connects four of the city’s five Spanish colonial missions which have recently been designated a World Heritage Site.
  • Spelunk at Natural Bridge Caverns
    Explore natural beauty in the recesses of the earth at Natural Bridge Caverns. For first-timers and avid cavers alike, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience hard to forget. Choose from a cave walking tour or opt for the ultimate underground adventure tour where guests climb, hike, rappel and explore caverns that are thousands of years in the making. Towering stone monuments, glistening soda straws and waves of colorful cave ribbons await.
  • Combine views and an adrenaline rush at Skydive San Marcos
    The best Texas Hill Country views just might be 12,000 feet in the air. Take in the scenery aboard a turbine-powered aircraft before diving in with experts from Skydive San Marcos, just north of San Antonio.
  • San Antonio by Trail
    Explore San Antonio‘s more than 50 miles of hiking and bike trails that run through neighborhoods and downtown – connecting parks, hotels and noteworthy spots including Pearl and the San Antonio museum district. Trail stewards are on site to help with questions and directions.
  • Theme Park Thrills
    Playtime in San Antonio means one thing: Texas-sized adventure. Whether young or young at heart, big thrills are plentiful at the Alamo City’s world-class theme parks.

    • Wild Days at SeaWorld San Antonio (March 4 – 26)
      SeaWorld San Antonio’s Spring Break features 250-acres of family fun. For four weekends in March and the entire week of March 11-19, SeaWorld San Antonio hosts celebrity wildlife experts – including TV favorite Jack Hanna – as they explore the wonders of the animal kingdom. Additional special shows include SeaWorld Live, Flying High and all new this year, Texas Untamed, an up-close look at the native wildlife of the Lone Star State. SeaWorld’s water park, Aquatica, will be open and travelers can add in a trip to Discovery Point to swim with the dolphins.
    • Mardi Gras Festival at Six Flags Fiesta Texas (March 24 – April 30)
      It’s a Fiesta Texas-style Mardi Gras Festival, featuring Mardi Gras-themed food, merchandise, park décor and a parade with floats that have been artfully created by world-renowned New Orleans float designers, KernStudios. Six Flags Fiesta Texas is stocked full of rides, shows and attractions all themed around the cultures of Texas, from pulse-pounding roller coasters to gentler options for tots and the White Water Bay water park.
    • Spring Break at Morgan’s Wonderland (March 13-18)
      This 25-acre, ultra-accessible park, designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built to be enjoyed by everyone, will offer special entertainment in addition to its rides and attractions. Included will be “The Magic of Friendship,” a 20-minute interactive variety show in which guests will learn about inclusion and the art of making friends through the power of magic; musical performances; exhibitions by acrobatic dogs; feats of magic; appearances by the theme park’s butterfly mascot Joy; and members of The Wonder Squad, Morgan’s Wonderland super heroes.

While in town, stop by the Visitor Information Center across from the Alamo to grab a map, get more ideas on what to explore and have your San Antonio questions answered. Getaway packages, discounts and more information can be found at visitsanantonio.com.

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Spring Break in New Braunfels

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Featured, RoadNews, Slider | Comments Off on Spring Break in New Braunfels

Spring Break in New Braunfels

Looking for a Spring Break that’s a great family value? Check out New Braunfels in the Texas Hill Country. No children? Looking for a break from winter with your BFFs or significant other? Enjoy an “under the radar” Spring Break opportunity to celebrate the changing season. There’s a little outdoor adventure, some theme park fun and music and romance waiting for everyone:

Spring Break for Families

Destinations like New Braunfels offer a great Spring Break value for families with younger children looking for a budget-friendly easy to manage getaway.

“Shoulder seasons provide a great opportunity for families,” says Judy Young, the New Braunfels Convention and Visitors Bureau Director. “Resort areas like New Braunfels have the infrastructure. New Braunfels entertains thousands of families during the summer. Springtime offers many of the same attractions. People don’t think about how mild our weather is this time of year – perfect for outdoor fun. And we’re a smaller, easy to navigate and safer place for children.”

Explore these family attractions in New Braunfels and the Texas Hill Country:

  • Water Recreation – People flock to New Braunfels in the summertime for the Comal and Guadalupe rivers and Canyon Lake. Mild spring days see a high temperature averaging 72 degrees February through April. Perfect for kayaking, rafting, and fishing the rivers plus boating on the lake. And, kids will love these water-oriented attractions:
    • Schlitterbahn Waterpark – Blastenhoff is open for Spring Break with great rides like the Master Blaster and The Torrent.
    • Texas Ski Ranch – It’s a 70-acre action sports park with a great cable lake for all levels of water sports enthusiasts. You can wakeboard, ski, snowboard, skateboard and SUP! There’s a beach and a spring-loaded trampoline park, too.
  • Outdoor Fun
    • Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch – Check out ostrich feathers, zebra ears and buffalo noses up close and personal. It’s 450 acres with 500 animals – 40 exotic, native and endangered animal species to see and photograph.
    • Natural Bridge Caverns – See massive, other-worldly formations formed by single drops of water and the slow passage of time. Take on the sky-high Canopy Challenge. Make it through a 5,000 square foot outdoor maze and pan for gems, fossils and other treasures.
    • Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre – Create a unique memory. Enjoy a night under the stars at a brand new “Back to the Future” drive-in movie theater!
  • Fun History and Culture
    • New Braunfels Museums – Let the imagination go at McKenna Children’s Museum. Lend-A-Hand Ranch, Destination Space and more provide inspiration. Visit the Sophienburg Archives & Museum. See what traveling by ship from Germany to Texas was like. Check out Heritage Village, the Railroad Museum, and a historic murals “museum” downtown.
    • Historic Gruene Texas – Teach the kids to two-step at Texas’ Oldest Dance Hall like generations of Texans before you. Show them the toys grandparents played with in the antique shops. Have lunch on a giant deck overlooking the Guadalupe River. Stop by the General Store for some fudge or ice cream.
    • Downtown New Braunfels – Take a stroll and delight the kids. There are bakery shops, pizza parlors and fire engine and train museums downtown. Landa Park has a miniature train ride, playscapes and camping/picnicking areas.

Taking a Break with your BFF/Significant Other

Looking for a vacation or long weekend break from winter? No children doesn’t mean no Spring Break! Grab your BFF or SO and go! Enjoy most of the same attractions a family does, plus some unique opportunities:

  • Grown-Up Play In New Braunfels
    • Hill Country Craft Beer Tour – Taste some great craft beer as you explore the Texas Hill Country. Full & Half Day Guided and Shuttled Tours are available!
    • Live Music Dance Halls & Honky Tonks – If you love live music, New Braunfels has a lot to offer: Gruene Hall, Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre, River Road Ice House, Phoenix Saloon, The Watering Hole Saloon, River Hofbrau, and Freiheit Country Store and many more.
    • Wining & Dining – Five million people visit the 51 Texas Hill Country wineries annually. New Braunfels is a great home base for exploring them – including the local ones. Unique, independent restaurants offer dining on the banks of the Guadalupe, tasty Tex Mex, authentic German dishes and barbecue, of course!
    • Wildflowers – There’s nothing like a drive through the Texas Hill Country. In springtime bluebonnets paint the hills reflecting those clear blue Texas skies. Take a camera for some amazing photo opportunities.

For more information on Spring Break in New Braunfels, see PlayInNewBraunfels. Find your perfect hotel in New Braunfels, Texas


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Lane Closures for I-10 Construction in Duval County Florida

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in RoadNews | Comments Off on Lane Closures for I-10 Construction in Duval County Florida

Lane Closures for I-10 Construction in Duval County Florida

The Florida Department of Transportation reports the following traffic impacts as a result of I-10 construction thru March 3, 2017.

  • Nighttime westbound lane closure on I-10 from CSX railroad crossing to Yellow Water Road Saturday beginning at 8 p.m. for guardrail repair.
  • Continuous inside eastbound and westbound lane on and off-ramp closures on I-10 at State Road 23/Cecil Commerce Center Parkway for building the new interchange.

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Arizona I-10 Construction Work Begins, Watch For Detours, Lane Restrictions

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in RoadNews | Comments Off on Arizona I-10 Construction Work Begins, Watch For Detours, Lane Restrictions

Arizona I-10 Construction Work Begins, Watch For Detours, Lane Restrictions

Drivers on Arizona I-10 near Ina Road will need to be alert for lane restrictions and a few changes now that a 25-month Arizona Department of Transportation project to rebuild the Ina Road traffic interchange has begun.

Westbound I-10 is restricted to one lane between Sunset and Cortaro roads as crews prepare to shift traffic to the westbound frontage road. That change will remain in place for about 12 months.

Eastbound I-10 is restricted to a single lane and eastbound traffic will be moved to the westbound I-10 lanes. That change also will remain in effect for about 12 months.

Although the Ina Road interchange will remain closed until early 2019, access to businesses on both sides of the freeway is open.

Drivers heading to Orange Grove Road from westbound I-10 should exit at Sunset Road and follow the frontage road to Orange Grove. That change will be in place throughout the project, which is scheduled to end in early 2019. All other ramps at Orange Grove remain open.


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