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Louisiana Announces I-10 Construction Project Begins April 1

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development recently announced that beginning Sunday, April 1, construction will begin on an $18 million project on I-10 from LA 347 (Atchafalaya Basin Bridge) to LA 77 (Grosse Tete) in St. Martin and Iberville Parishes.

The work is estimated to take place 24 hours/day with intermittent lane closures throughout the project with 15 minute intervals during the day for unloading and loading equipment.

In addition, intermittent single lane closures will take place nightly on Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., and Sundays from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., weather permitting.

The road will be open to regular traffic with a 12-foot lane restriction on oversized loads passing through the work zone.

US 190 may be used as an alternate route.

The project will include cleaning, painting, and repairing of concrete and metal bridge structures and related work.

The project is estimated for completion in June 2019.

DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution through the construction site and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.


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I-10 Construction in El Paso Area Will Mean Closures, Detours

The Texas Department of Transportation reports the following Traffic Impacts associated with I-10 construction in the El Paso area this week:

Sunland Park

  • Sunday, February 4
    9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

    • The dedicated right-turn lane from the Sunland Park westbound exist ramp onto northbound Sunland Park Drive will close. Traffic will be able to turn right onto Sunland Park Drive at the signalized intersection.
    • The right lane on Sunland Park Drive (northbound, moving toward South Mesa Hills Drive) will close.
    • Crews will be saw cutting concrete pavement and removing demolished materials from the area.
  • Tuesday, February 6
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    • The Sunland Park entrance ramp to I-10 Westbound will close.
    • Crews will be working on a temporary traffic signal and the Sunland Park flyover bridge.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 7 – Thursday, Feb. 8 (nightly closure)
    • I-10 eastbound on-ramp at Sunland (Free Right) closed
    • Crocket Street to be closed

I-10 East at North Mesa

  • Monday, February 5 – Thursday, Feb. 8
    9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. each morning

    • I-10 Eastbound will close completely between North Mesa Street (Exit 11) and Sunland Park Drive.
    • The North Mesa Street entrance ramp to I-10 Eastbound will close.
    • The Resler Drive entrance ramp to I-10 Eastbound will close. Detour: Motorists on I-10 Eastbound will exit at North Mesa Street (Exit 11), take North Mesa Street (SH 20) to Doniphan Drive,and then take Sunland Park Drive to the I-10 Eastbound entrance ramp. Follow the detour signs.

Note: This closure is dependent on the procurement of materials; therefore, one or several days of this closure may be canceled.

I-10 East at Redd

  • Sunday, February 11 (24-hour closure)
    5 a.m. to 5 a.m. the next morning

    • I-10 Eastbound will close completely between Redd Road (Exit 9) and the North Mesa Street overpass.
    • The Redd Road entrance ramp to I-10 Eastbound will close. Detour: Drivers on I-10 Eastbound will exit at Redd Road (Exit 9) and then take the South Desert Boulevard frontage road to the North Mesa Street entrance ramp to I-10 Eastbound.
    • Crews will be moving barrier and re-configuring lanes on the I-10 overpass at North Mesa (SH 20).
    • Heads-up: This work is in preparation for demolition of the I-10 Westbound overpass at North Mesa (SH 20), which is tentatively scheduled to happen during a 27-hour period on Sunday, Feb. 25.

Long-Term Closures

Paisano (US 85) at Sunland

through Sunday, March 4

  • Paisano Drive (US 85) will remain closed at Sunland Park Drive.
    Sunland Park Drive will be kept to two lanes starting at Constitution Drive to I-10.
  • Motorists on Sunland Park Drive (coming from Doniphan Drive) will have access to a dedicated right-turn lane onto the Paisano Drive (US 85) and the entrance ramp to I-10 Eastbound.
  • To help mitigate roadway congestion in this area, motorists should consider using an alternate entrance ramp to I-10 Eastbound.
  • Business Access: Motorists will be able to access area businesses from Sunland Park Drive as well as from Constitution Drive and Crockett Street.
  • Crews are demolishing and re-building a section of Paisano Drive (US 85).

North Mesa

  • Monday, Feb. 5 – Friday, Feb. 16
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays only, as needed

    • The right lane on North Mesa Street (SH 20) will close from North Desert Boulevard to Osborne Drive.
    • Crews will be constructing new roadways that connect to North Mesa Street (SH 20).

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Multiple Long-Term Ramp Closures for I-10 Construction in Phoenix

Changes have begun for motorists in the West Valley as multiple ramps leading to and from Interstate 10 will be permanently closed and reconfigured over the next several months to make room for an interchange connecting to the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway. This will also require several weekend closures of I-10 until ramp work is completed this fall.

In place of the ramps, the Arizona Department of Transportation and Connect 202 Partners, the developer responsible for building the South Mountain Freeway, will construct new roadways parallel to I-10 providing local access between 51st and 67th avenues that will permanently replace freeway access at 59th Avenue.

The first ramp closure is scheduled for the I-10 westbound off-ramp at 51st Avenue, which will be closed from Saturday, Jan. 27, to Saturday, March 3. In conjunction with this ramp closure, westbound I-10 will be closed between 43rd and 59th avenues from 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, and 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 29.

The construction of the new access roads, which will be completed over the next nine months, will change how drivers access I-10 between 51st and 67th avenues. Motorists will have dedicated on- and off-ramps at 67th Avenue in addition to the access road.

Motorists wishing to enter or exit the freeway in this area will eventually use these new 2-mile-long roadways to access local streets, similar to the I-10 stretch between 91st and 107th avenues near the Loop 101 junction. For example, a driver on westbound I-10 needing to get off at 59th Avenue will exit at 51st Avenue and travel west on the access road to 59th Avenue.

This work will require weekend closures of I-10 as well as long-term and permanent closures of existing on- and off-ramps. During the weekend closures, traffic will be diverted to McDowell Road or Van Buren Street.

The I-10 ramp closures are expected to last approximately 30-60 days for each ramp.

The South Mountain Freeway, which is scheduled to open in 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. The South Mountain Freeway will complete the Loop 202 and Loop 101 freeway system in the Valley.


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I-10 Westbound Closed in Phoenix This Weekend. Seek Alternate Routes

Drivers should avoid using westbound Interstate 10 approaching the downtown Phoenix area this weekend due to closures for freeway work, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Westbound I-10 will be closed between the I-17 “Split” interchange near Sky Harbor Airport and the Interstate 17 “Stack” interchange from 9:00 p.m. Friday to 10:00 p.m. Saturday, January 27, for deck joint maintenance at the Deck Park Tunnel.

Westbound I-10 also will be closed between 43rd and 59th avenues west of I-17 from 10:00 p.m. Friday to 5:00 a.m. Monday, January 29, for construction work at the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway traffic interchange.

A number of entrance ramps near the freeway closures also will be closed to traffic. Slow traffic and delays are expected. Alternate freeway routes include northbound I-17 to westbound Loop 101 in north Phoenix. East Valley drivers also should consider using Loop 101 across the north and west Valley areas to avoid the I-10 closures.

Westbound I-10 drivers with plans to travel through Phoenix from Tucson or southeast Arizona also can avoid this weekend’s closures by detouring to westbound Interstate 8 near Casa Grande and using northbound State Route 85 at Gila Bend to access I-10 in Buckeye.

Details about this weekend’s closures of westbound I-10 in Phoenix:

  • Westbound I-10 closed between the I-17 “Split” near the airport and the I-17 “Stack” south of McDowell from 9 p.m. Friday to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, for work to repair a deck joint above the Deck Park Tunnel. Westbound I-10 traffic will detour to northbound I-17 near downtown Phoenix. The southbound State Route 51 ramp to westbound I-10 will be closed. Westbound Loop 202 traffic will have access to westbound I-10 but must exit at Seventh Street and use alternate westbound routes, including McDowell Road. Traffic entering westbound I-10 from the west end ramp at Sky Harbor Airport will be limited to accessing northbound SR 51 or eastbound Loop 202.
  • Westbound I-10 closed between 43rd and 59th avenues west of downtown Phoenix from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 29, for construction at the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway traffic interchange. The southbound I-17 off-ramp at McDowell Road and southbound I-17 ramp to westbound I-10 will be closed. Consider exiting southbound I-17 at Thomas Road and going west to travel beyond the I-10 closure. The westbound I-10 on-ramps at 27th, 35th and 43rd avenues will be closed. Westbound I-10 traffic exiting at 43rd Avenue can detour to westbound McDowell Road or Van Buren Street and re-enter I-10 west of the closure. During this closure, crews will begin the reconstruction or removal of some freeway on-ramps or off-ramps while I-10 is widened to connect with the South Mountain Freeway interchange by late 2019.

Work and restriction schedules are subject to change due to inclement weather or other factors.


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Mississippi DOT Suspending Work Ahead of Busy Holiday Travel

I-10 travelers planning to hit the road to spend time with family and friends this Christmas and New Year’s will notice less travel delays due to construction. The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will suspend all interstate and four-lane highway work in anticipation of increased holiday travel.

MDOT crews and contractors will halt all road construction on I-10 and other highways requiring lane closures beginning today at 5:00 p.m. through Tuesday, December 26, at 6:00 a.m., and from 5:00 p.m., Friday, December 29, until 6:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 2. This will provide maximum travel capacity and minimal construction delays to motorists traveling throughout the state during the holidays.

“Even though no highway construction work will be occurring across the state, motorists should be aware that some lane closures will remain in place,” said Melinda McGrath, P.E., MDOT executive director. “These lanes closures are there to protect motorists, and MDOT urges drivers to treat these areas as active work zones.”

Motorists are urged to continue to pay attention to work zones, which can present unfamiliar driving patterns. Motorists should slow down when approaching and traveling through work zones, and always avoid distracted driving.

“MDOT wants to make travel safe and convenient for the public over the next two holiday weekends,” McGrath said. “While MDOT construction crews won’t be working, staff be putting additional effort into monitoring the state’s highways to make sure everyone is able to enjoy the holiday weekend safely.”

 

 


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