I-10 to close this weekend near Sky Harbor Airport

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I-10 Broadway Rd ADOT
Construction on the I-10 Broadway Curve improvement project will cause more freeway closures this weekend in the East Valley. [ADOT]

The Arizona Department of Transportation says motorists should expect delays this weekend resulting from the closure of Interstate 10 near Sky Harbor Airport.

The closures between State Routes 51 and 143 for bridge work in conjunction with the I-10 Broadway Curve Improvement Project will be in effect in different areas from 10 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Monday. Crews will set the first girders over I-10 for new bridges at 48th Street and complete utility work.

The weekend closure is the first in a series of closures planned by ADOT this summer in the 11-mile work zone between the Loop 202 Santan/South Mountain freeways and I-17.

“It’s going to be a busy summer for the I-10 Broadway Curve Improvement Project as our construction teams make significant progress on several new bridges that will carry traffic over I-10,” said ADOT project manager Amy Ritz. “Also, crews on the east end of the project area are working to add travel lanes so we can open eastbound I-10 south of Baseline Road by the end of this year.”

This weekend’s closures and detours include the following:

Eastbound I-10 will be closed between SR 51 and SR 143 from 10 p.m. Friday until midnight Saturday. Closures include the following:

  • Eastbound I-10 on-ramps between Third and 40th streets
  • The ramp from southbound SR 143 to eastbound I-10
  • Southbound I-17 on-ramps at Seventh Avenue and Seventh Street
  • Westbound Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) ramp to eastbound I-10
  • Southbound SR 51 on-ramp at McDowell Road
  • The ramp from southbound SR 51 to eastbound I-10
  • The ramp from southbound I-17 to eastbound I-10

Westbound I-10 will narrow to two lanes between SR 143 and 24th Street from 10 p.m. Friday through midnight Saturday. At the same time, the westbound US 60 Superstition Freeway HOV ramp to westbound I-10 will be closed.

Then, westbound I-10 will be closed between SR 143 and I-17 from midnight Saturday through 4 a.m. Monday for work that will close the westbound I-10 on-ramps between Elliot Road and 32nd Street; the westbound US 60 on-ramp at Mill Avenue; and the westbound US 60 HOV ramp to westbound I-10.

ADOT is recommending detour routes to avoid these closures.

For eastbound I-10 traffic, ADOT recommends continuing on the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway to the Loop 101 Price Freeway, then traveling south on Loop 101 to US 60 and back to the west to access eastbound I-10. Drivers southbound I-17 can use westbound I-10 to eastbound Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway.

A suggested alternate to that route is to continue east on Loop 202 to Loop 101, then south on Loop 101 to the Loop 202 SanTan Freeway and west to access eastbound I-10.

It is recommended that westbound I-10 traffic detour onto eastbound US 60 and head east to Loop 101, then travel north to the westbound Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway to access westbound I-10. The eastbound Loop 202 Santan Freeway is an alternate route to access northbound Loop 101.

To bypass the work zone, drivers can use the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway in either direction, which provides a link between I-10 at 59th Avenue in the West Valley and Chandler Boulevard in the East Valley.

Airport traffic will be heavier, so ADOT is recommending drivers allow extra time and use the east entrances from Loop 202 and SR 143.