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I-10 Dubbed One of the Most Deadly Interstates in the Country

The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that traffic fatalities have increased 10.4 percent during the first six months of 2016 compared to the same time period in 2015.  These increases are most likely the result of more drivers on the road and a greater percentage of these motorists are driving distracted. A recent study found that 61 percent of drivers use their cell phones on some drives, most drives or every drive.

On average, Americans spend 293 hours driving approximately 10,900 miles each year. A detailed study by EverQuote examined the most dangerous interstates in America, based on fatalities per mile. This analysis used raw data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Fatality Analysis Report System from 2010 through 2015 and found fatality rates based on highway lengths.
That data was then compared to the data from EverQuote’s safe-driving app, EverDrive, representing over 6 million trips and 80 million miles of driving.

That study ranked Interstate 10 the 7th most deadly highway in America.

Interstate 10 runs 2460 miles from Santa Monica, California to Jacksonville, Florida. The highway is the 7th most dangerous interstate in the country with 0.85 fatalities per mile and the longest interstate on this list. I-10 has been in the top 10 most dangerous interstates for the past six years.


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Best, Worst Times to Travel This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and this year traffic may prove to be a record breaker.

Traveling I-10 can be a real pain with heavy traffic and plenty of short tempers. Here are a few tips to help make your Thanksgiving holiday voyage less stressful:

Getting There:

  • The absolute worst time to get on the road is the day before Thanksgiving (Wednesday, November 22) and if you leave in mid-afternoon (3:00 p.m.) you definitely won’t be a happy camper once you get there.
  • If you have no choice but to leave on Wednesday, make it as early as possible. Start you trip no later than 6:00 a.m. to avoid traffic delays.
  • The Sunday before Thanksgiving (November 19) is the best day to leave for your Thanksgiving road trip, the earlier, the better.
  • Thanksgiving morning is also a good time to leave, the earlier , the better.

Returning Home:

  • The day after Thanksgiving (Friday, November 24) before 6:00 a.m. is the best day and time to return from your Thanksgiving trip.
  • Saturday and Sunday (November 25 and 26) late afternoon are the worst days and times to return from your Thanksgiving road trip. Avoid being on the road between 11:00 a.m and 6:00 p.m. Traffic will be heavy during those times.
  • If you have no choice but to leave on Saturday, try leaving as early as possible (before 6 a.m.) to avoid traffic delays.

Depending on where you’re heading, and how long the trip will be, you might be able to schedule the time when you are on the road to at avoid the worst of it.

Adjust your schedule or route and consider these options:

  • Take a bypass route around large cities
  • Tune to a radio station and monitor the traffic reports
  • If you have mobile access, Use live-traffic-reports.com to monitor traffic
  • Stop at a rest area if headed into heavy traffic and wait until the worst of it has subsided
  • Avoid shopping districts (Black Friday is usually gridlocked around major shopping areas)

Drive responsibly and have a safe trip!


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I-10 Overnight Restrictions in Arizona, Allow Extra Travel Time, Consider Alternate Routes

The ongoing Interstate 10 pavement-improvement project between State Route 587 (Casa Blanca Road) and the Gila River bridge south of Chandler will require overnight lane restrictions during the week of Nov. 5-10 (Sunday through Thursday nights), according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Drivers should allow extra travel time and consider alternate routes if possible while the following restrictions are in place:

  • East- and westbound Interstate 10 narrowed to one lane in each direction in areas between SR 587 and the Gila River bridge from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights (Nov. 5-10) for the I-10 resurfacing project. Please allow extra travel time and plan on using an alternate route.
  • Alternate routes are available depending on direction of travel and destination. Riggs Road will serve as one local alternate route. State routes 87, 187 and/or 387 also can serve as possible alternate routes adjacent to I-10. Please allow extra travel time. I-10 drivers traveling beyond Phoenix area should consider avoiding the I-10 restrictions by using I-8 and SR 85 as alternate routes.

Project schedules are subject to change due to inclement weather or other factors.


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I-10 Closed for Bridge Work in Arizona This Week

The Arizona Department of Transportation reports that motorists traveling in the West Valley should be aware that Interstate 10 is closed overnight at 59th Avenue in west Phoenix for bridge work at the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway interchange.

The closures are scheduled as follows:

  • Westbound I-10 closed at 59th Avenue nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., beginning Sunday through Wednesday morning (Nov. 8).
  • Eastbound I-10 closed overnight at 59th Avenue from 9 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday (Nov. 7).
  • During any closure, traffic will detour along the off- and on-ramps at 59th Avenue.

To avoid delays on I-10, motorists should plan ahead and consider alternate routes, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Alternate routes include Loop 101 west of Interstate 17 or exiting I-10 sooner and taking local streets to re-enter past the closure point.


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Eastbound I-10 to Close West of Downtown Phoenix This Weekend, Expect Delays

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

Eastbound I-10 at 59th Avenue will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, to 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 1.

The closure will be lifted several hours prior to the Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers football game ending at the University of Phoenix Stadium as heavy traffic is anticipated on eastbound I-10 following the game.

The closure will ensure a large crane can safely remove an 80-foot-long steel falsework beam above I-10 that temporarily supported this future flyover bridge.

During the closure, eastbound 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 anticipated.

The eastbound I-10 on-ramps at 75th and 67th avenues will be closed as well to help reduce traffic backups. In addition, northbound 59th Avenue will be closed from Roosevelt Street to I-10.

To avoid delays on eastbound 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.

The steel beams are no longer needed to support the concrete structure, also known as a straddle bent, because the concrete has been cured and reinforced with steel cables. This bridge structure will serve as the future northbound Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway connection to westbound I-10.

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 Eastbound in Phoenix Reopens Ahead of Schedule

The Arizona Department of Transportation reports that Interstate 10 eastbound at 59th Avenue in Phoenix has reopened ahead of schedule.

An eastbound closure had been planned until 5:00 p.m. today for bridge construction at the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway interchange.

Westbound lanes remained open during the closure.


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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

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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