July remains busy time for road work in Queen Creek

Traffic along Queen Creek roads will be affected this week by several improvement projects. All but one of the following projects are expected to be completed this month: Ellsworth Road northbound and southbound lane shifts will be required between the entrance to San Tan flats and Empire Road intersection for median installation. 24 hours through […]

Sewer, traffic signal work will affect Queen Creek travel

A variety of projects over the next month will affect traffic along several Queen Creek roads. Town officials urge motorists to watch for traffic changes and restrictions in the following areas: • Sewer installation work will result in lane shifts on eastbound and westbound Cloud Road between 213th Way and Crismon Road 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. […]

ADOT Travel Advisory: Sept. 22-25

ADOT Weekend Freeway Travel Advisory (Sept. 22-25) Plan on closures of I-17 exit ramps, cross streets at Dunlap, Thunderbird PHOENIX – Freeway improvement projects including installation of an Interstate 17 wrong-way driver detection and warning system will require closures or lane restrictions in the Phoenix area this weekend (Sept. 22-25), according to the Arizona Department […]

ADOT weekend travel advisory Sept. 30-Oct. 3

Sections of Interstate 10 will be narrowed in the Goodyear and Buckeye areas this weekend for pavement improvement work. A portion of westbound Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) in Mesa also will be closed for rubberized asphalt paving. The Arizona Department of Transportation recommends drivers allow extra travel time, use caution and consider alternate routes […]

Queen Creek traffic report through August

The town of Queen Creek reports the following traffic advisories through the month of August: •Ellsworth Road from Barnes Parkway to Ellsworth Loop Road (North Connector): A full closure is in place on Ellsworth Road for construction of new roadway and a new intersection at Walnut Road 24 hours a day through Aug. 8. This […]

Weekend Travel Advisory – June 24 through 27

Improvement projects will require closures and lane restrictions along Phoenix-area freeways this weekend (June 24-27). Southbound Loop 101 will be closed or restricted in two locations in the East Valley and the Arizona Department of Transportation recommends drivers use alternate routes. The following are among this weekend’s freeway restrictions in the Valley: Southbound Loop 101 […]

Something else to be thankful for: No holiday closures on Valley freeways

As many travelers take advantage of lower gas prices and head out on trips over the Thanksgiving weekend, the Arizona Department of Transportation is keeping with a holiday tradition by not scheduling any construction-related closures along state highways through early Monday (Nov. 30).

Drivers are urged to use caution, especially as highways become busier this afternoon and early tonight and again on Sunday.

ADOT, the Arizona Department of Public Safety and Governor’s Office of Highway Safety recommend travelers plan ahead and follow these safety tips:

Get a good night’s rest before traveling. Drowsy driving is a form of impaired driving.
Check your vehicle, including tire pressure, for safety’s sake.
Buckle up.
Be patient and pay attention. Distractions can be deadly.
Obey speed limits. Officers will look for aggressive driving, unsafe tailgating.
Never drive impaired. Make advance arrangements for a designated driver. As ADOT’s overhead message boards will remind you through the holiday weekend: Drinking and driving go together like peas and guac.

Queen Creek traffic engineer talks signals, roadways live on Facebook

Wait times at signals and railroad crossings are too long in Queen Creek.

That’s what many Queen Creek residents talked about during a live Facebook chat conducted Oct. 20 by the town with Queen Creek Traffic Engineer Mohamed Youssef.

“I thought somebody would ask about light rail or striping or signage but nobody asked those questions. That surprised me,” Mr. Youssef said during a phone interview.

The live chat on the town’s Facebook page was scheduled for 7-7:30 p.m. but lasted an hour due to more than 50 questions and comments, Mr. Youssef said.

The session ended with about 25 questions that Mr. Youssef is working on responding to, he said.
Constance Halonen-Wilson, the town’s public information officer, and Jen Snyder, the town’s digital specialist, assisted the traffic engineer during the live chat.

Mr. Youssef is not accustomed to a live chat format but he found it enjoyable.

“In my 26 years as a traffic engineer I have never done that. I like to talk face-to-face. But it was fun to think on my feet and to answer each question right,” he said. “The town is going that extra 10 miles to connect with our citizens in every single way it can.”

Since wait times at traffic signals and railroad crossings make up only 10 percent of what his job entails, Mr. Youssef said he was surprised and amazed at how many questions were asked about those issues.

“The town is growing. Everything is under construction as we start new subdivisions and businesses and the required traffic controls,” he said. “That results in traffic delays of some sort. But in the end, like the town’s campaign ‘Better Roads Ahead’ says, we’ll have smoother traffic.”

Two important capital improvement projects that Mr. Youssef feels should smooth out traffic are:

Weekend Travel Advisory – Oct. 9-12

Freeway-improvement projects will require closures or lane restrictions in the Phoenix area this weekend (Oct. 9-12). The Arizona Department of Transportation recommends drivers plan ahead, consider alternate routes or adjust travel schedules and use caution in work zones while the following restrictions are in place:

· Southbound Interstate 17 closed between Camelback and Thomas roads from 11:30 p.m. Friday to 11 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 10) for pavement-repair work. DETOUR: Please allow extra travel time. Consider other southbound alternate routes, including southbound State Route 51. Freeway traffic will detour along southbound frontage road.

· Westbound Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) closed between McDowell and Gilbert roads in Mesa from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday (Oct. 12) for widening project work, including traffic switch. DETOUR: Please allow extra travel time. Consider alternate routes, including westbound US 60 (Superstition Freeway). Other westbound routes include McDowell Road.

· Southbound Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) closed overnight at Via De Ventura in Scottsdale area from 11:30 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday (Oct. 11) for freeway-widening project. DETOUR: Traffic will detour along off- and on-ramps at Via De Ventura. Please consider alternate routes.

· Northbound Interstate 17 off- and on-ramps at Adams Street and southbound I-17 off-ramp at Jefferson Street west of downtown Phoenix closed from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday (Oct. 12) for improvement project. I-17 frontage roads also closed in both directions between Van Buren and Grant streets. Westbound Adams Street closed between 19th Avenue and I-17. Eastbound Jefferson Street closed between 27th Avenue and I-17. DETOUR: Please plan ahead and use alternate routes, including other nearby I-17 ramps. Local traffic can also use Van Buren Street or Buckeye Road.

Additional freeway-restriction information will be listed on ADOT’s website, azdot.gov, under ADOT News. Visit the site to also subscribe to ADOT email updates, including weekend restriction information.

Many closures this weekend, including Loop 202

Freeway-improvement projects will require closures or lane restrictions in the Phoenix area this weekend (Oct. 2-5). The Arizona Department of Transportation recommends drivers plan ahead, consider alternate routes or adjust travel schedules and use caution in work zones while the following restrictions are in place:

· Westbound Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) closed between State Route 51 and Cave Creek Road from 11 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday (Oct. 5) for new elevated ramp construction. Eastbound Loop 101 HOV lane closed between Cave Creek Road and SR 51. DETOUR: Please allow extra travel time and consider alternate routes. Westbound Loop 101 traffic can detour to southbound SR 51 and use westbound Union Hills Drive or Bell Road to northbound Cave Creek Road to reconnect with Loop 101.

· Northbound State Route 51 ramp to westbound Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) closed overnight from 10 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday (Oct. 4) and from 9 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday (Oct. 5) for elevated ramp construction. DETOUR: Consider exiting northbound SR 51 to westbound Union Hills Drive and using northbound Cave Creek Road to connect with Loop 101.

· Southbound Interstate 17 closed between Northern Avenue and Bethany Home Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 3) for pavement-improvement work. DETOUR: Please allow extra travel time. Consider other nearby southbound alternate routes. Freeway traffic will detour along southbound frontage road.

· Eastbound Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) closed between Loop 101 and Gilbert Road in Mesa from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday (Oct. 5) for rubberized asphalt paving. Both Loop 101 ramps to eastbound Loop 202 also closed. DETOUR: Please allow extra travel time. Consider alternate routes, including eastbound US 60 (Superstition Freeway). Other eastbound routes include McDowell Road, McKellips Road and Rio Salado Parkway.

· Southbound Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) closed near Via De Ventura in Scottsdale area from 11:30 p.m. Saturday to 11 a.m. Sunday (Oct. 4) for installation of overhead message sign. DETOUR: Traffic will detour along off- and on-ramps at Via De Ventura. Please consider alternate routes.

· Southbound Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) narrowed to two lanes between Cactus Road and 90th Street from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 4) for widening project. DETOUR: Please allow extra travel time and use caution in work zone.

· US 60 (Superstition Freeway) narrowed to one lane in both directions overnight between Signal Butte Road and Ironwood Drive from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Sunday and Monday nights (Oct. 4-5) for lane striping. Expect ramp closures at Signal Butte Road. DETOUR: Allow extra travel time and be prepared to use ramps at other nearby interchanges.

· Interstate 17 interchange at Grant Street west of downtown Phoenix restricted with lane closures along frontage roads and freeway ramps from 9 p.m. Friday to 7 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 4) for improvement project. DETOUR: Avoid area if possible. Please consider using ramps at other nearby interchanges, including Jefferson and Adams streets.

Additional freeway-restriction information will be listed on ADOT’s website, azdot.gov, under ADOT News. Visit the site to also subscribe to ADOT email updates, including weekend restriction information.

For a complete list of highway and freeway restrictions in the Phoenix area and around the state, visit ADOT’s Travel Information site at az511.gov or call 5-1-1. Another great way to find out more about ADOT’s projects and programs to improve Arizona’s transportation system is the ADOT blog at azdot.gov/blog.