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.

Temporary closures at U.S. 60, Meridian Road Oct. 4-6

The traffic interchange at U.S. Highway 60 and Meridian Road between Mesa and Apache Junction is nearing completion. There will be temporary lane restrictions and off-/on-ramp closures on U.S. 60 Sunday, Oct. 4, through Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Arizona Department of Transportation has provided the following information about the temporary night closures:

From 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, through to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5, and again from 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, both eastbound and westbound right lanes on U.S. 60 will be closed between Signal Butte Road and Ironwood Drive while workers place thermo striping.

The eastbound U.S. 60/Signal Butte Road on-ramp and the westbound U.S. 60/Signal Butte Road off-ramp also will be closed during those times.

For more information about the project, visit the ADOT website.

Recommended traffic routes in October for southeast Queen Creek

Planning to attend this year’s Pumpkin and Chili Festival at Schnepf Farms or want to bypass the heavy traffic that accompanies a popular holiday event? The town of Queen Creek has issued a map and suggested travel routes intended to alleviate the increased amount of traffic in the southeast area due to events and construction.

The following routes are suggested for those who are attending Schnepf Farms’ Pumpkin and Chili Festival, which begins on Thursday, Oct. 1, and takes place every Thursday through Sunday throughout October. Schnepf Farms is at 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road.

•From the north: Take Ellsworth Road south to Rittenhouse (Ellsworth turns into Ellsworth Loop). Turn left (southeast) on Rittenhouse and follow it south to the farm.

ADOT: Weekend Travel advisory loop 202 and 17

Freeway-improvement projects will require closures or lane restrictions in the Phoenix area this weekend (Sept. 25-28). 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 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) closed between Gilbert and Dobson roads in Mesa from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday (Sept. 28) for rubberized asphalt paving. DETOUR: Consider alternate routes, including westbound US 60 (Superstition Freeway). Westbound Loop 202 drivers exiting at Val Vista Drive or McDowell Road can consider using westbound McKellips Road and University Drive as alternate routes. Please allow extra travel time.

Northbound Interstate 17 closed overnight at Bell Road from 10 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 26) for sign work and freeway maintenance. DETOUR: Northbound I-17 traffic will detour along frontage road. Please consider adjusting travel schedule or allow extra travel time in area.

Southbound Interstate 17 closed overnight near Loop 101 from 10 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday (Sept. 27) for sign work and freeway maintenance. Both Loop 101 ramps to southbound I-17 also closed. DETOUR: Southbound I-17 traffic will detour along frontage road. Please consider adjusting travel schedule or allow extra travel time in area.

Southbound Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) off- and on-ramps at Thomas Road will close for 60 days starting at 10 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 27) for reconstruction as part of freeway-widening project. DETOUR: Please consider using southbound off- and on-ramps at nearby interchanges, including Indian School and McDowell roads.

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.

ADOT plans and constructs new freeways, additional lanes and other improvements as part of the Regional Transportation Plan for the Maricopa County region. The primary funding source for regional freeway improvements is a half-cent sales tax approved by county voters in 2004. More information about ADOT projects and the regional plan is available at azdot.gov/PhoenixMetro.

Restrictions on the 60 and Loop 202

Freeway-improvement projects will require closures or lane restrictions in the Phoenix area this weekend (Sept. 18-21). 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:

Eastbound Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) closed between Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) and Country Club Drive from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday (Sept. 21) for widening project rubberized asphalt paving. Both Loop 101 ramps to eastbound Loop 202 also closed. DETOUR: Alternate routes include eastbound US 60 (Superstition Freeway), or eastbound McDowell Road, Rio Salado Parkway and University Drive. Please allow extra travel time.

Westbound Loop 202 (Santan Freeway) narrowed to one lane overnight between Williams Field and Gilbert roads from 10 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 19) for lane-marker installation. On- and off-ramps in area closed at times. DETOUR: Please allow extra travel time and consider alternate routes.

Westbound US 60 (Superstition Freeway) narrowed to one lane overnight between Mill Avenue and I-10 from 10 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday (Sept. 20) for lane-marker installation. Westbound US 60 ramp to eastbound I-10 (toward Tucson) closed. DETOUR: Please allow extra travel time and consider alternate routes.

Eastbound US 60 (Superstition Freeway) on- and off-ramps closed at times overnight between I-10 and Dobson Road from 10 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday (Sept. 21) for lane-marker installation. DETOUR: Please allow extra travel time and be prepared to use ramps at nearby interchanges.

Many freeway closures for the weekend

Freeway-improvement projects will require closures or lane restrictions in the Phoenix area this weekend (Sept. 11-14). 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 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) closed between Country Club Drive and Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday (Sept. 14) for widening project paving. DETOUR: Alternate routes include westbound McDowell Road, Rio Salado Parkway and University Drive. Please allow extra travel time.

Northbound Interstate 17 narrowed to two lanes near Greenway Road from 11:30 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 12) for pavement repair. Northbound I-17 off- and on-ramps at Greenway Road closed. DETOUR: Please allow extra travel time and consider alternate routes.

Westbound US 60 (Superstition Freeway) closed overnight between Priest Drive and Interstate 10 from 11 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 12) for overhead sign work. Westbound I-10 narrowed to one lane between Baseline and Broadway roads. DETOUR: Please use alternate routes or allow extra travel time.

Eastbound Interstate 10 narrowed to two lanes overnight between 40th Street and Baseline Road from 11 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday (Sept. 13) for overhead sign work. Eastbound I-10 on-ramps at State Route 143 and Broadway Road closed. DETOUR: Please allow extra travel time and consider alternate routes, including eastbound Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) to southbound Loop 101 (Price Freeway).

Grand Avenue (US 60) closed in both directions between R.H. Johnson Boulevard and Loop 303 from 9 p.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 13) for bridge work. DETOUR: Traffic will primarily detour along Loop 303 and Bell Road. Please allow extra travel time.

Northbound Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) narrowed to one lane between Chaparral and Indian Bend roads from 1 a.m. and noon Sunday (Sept. 13) for widening project. Northbound Loop 101 on-ramp at McDonald Drive closed. DETOUR: Please consider alternate routes, including westbound Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) to northbound State Route 51.

Eastbound US 60 (Superstition Freeway) narrowed to one lane overnight in areas between Gilbert Road and Loop 202 (Santan Freeway) from 10 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 12) for lane-marker installation. DETOUR: Please consider alternate routes.

Eastbound US 60 (Superstition Freeway) narrowed to one lane in areas between Loop 202 (Santan Freeway) and Tomahawk Road from 10 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday (Sept. 13) for lane-marker installation. DETOUR: Please consider alternate routes.

Eastbound US 60 (Superstition Freeway) narrowed to one lane overnight in areas between Tomahawk and Mountain View roads from 10 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday (Sept. 14) for lane-marker installation. Expect short closures of some on- and off-ramps in the area. DETOUR: Please consider alternate routes.

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.

ADOT plans and constructs new freeways, additional lanes and other improvements as part of the Regional Transportation Plan for the Maricopa County region. The primary funding source for regional freeway improvements is a half-cent sales tax approved by county voters in 2004. More information about ADOT projects and the regional plan is available at azdot.gov/PhoenixMetro.

ADOT: No construction closures scheduled along Arizona highways over busy Labor Day Weekend

As thousands of drivers look ahead to trips to campsites, cabins and beaches, the Arizona Department of Transportation is working to keep state highways as open as possible over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

ADOT and its contractors will not schedule any full construction closures along state highways between Friday afternoon and late Monday night. Drivers are still urged to plan ahead and allow extra travel time, especially in areas where lane restrictions may be in place due to existing work zones.

As they have done over recent major holiday weekends, ADOT, the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety are teaming up with local first responders to urge drivers to “expect the unexpected” and to be prepared for unscheduled restrictions due to disabled vehicles, crashes or incidents such as brush fires.

Last year six people were killed in four fatal crashes along Arizona highways and local streets over the extended Labor Day weekend. That was a slight decrease from 2013, when eight people lost their lives in motor-vehicle crashes over the holiday weekend.

ADOT’s network of overhead message boards, as well as some portable message signs, will be used to post safety and highway-condition messages. For example, drivers can expect to see messages that remind them to stay alert when out on the road.

Highway crews also are staging equipment such as front loaders and utility trucks at strategic locations along I-10 southeast of Chandler, I-17 in north Phoenix and Cordes Junction, and along State Route 87 north of Fountain Hills. The equipment will allow crews to respond as soon as possible if crashes or disabled vehicles occur along these often-busy holiday travel routes.

Drivers are urged to check their vehicles, including tire pressure, and get a good night’s rest before heading out on a trip. Motorists also are urged to:

Buckle up
Obey posted speed limits
Avoid the busiest travel times, often Friday and Monday afternoons, if possible
Never drive while impaired. Arrange for a designated driver in advance
Be prepared for unexpected closures as well as changing weather conditions, including blowing dust and possible thunderstorms
Pack extra drinking water and snack foods in case traffic is stopped due to a crash or disabled vehicle up ahead

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is working with local law enforcement agencies on a holiday DUI enforcement campaign.

You can check on statewide highway conditions on ADOT’s Travel Advisory site at az511.gov or by calling 5-1-1 (within Arizona). Traffic information also is available on ADOT’s Twitter feed (@ArizonaDOT).

Restrictions on U.S. 60 and Red Mountain 202 this weekend

Freeway-improvement projects will require closures or lane restrictions in the Phoenix area this weekend (Aug. 28-31). 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:

Eastbound Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) closed between Greenfield and McDowell roads from 10 p.m. Friday to 11:30 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 30) for widening project. DETOUR: Alternate routes include EB McDowell Rd. Please allow extra travel time.

Eastbound US 60 (Superstition Freeway) narrowed to one lane overnight in areas between Gilbert Road and Loop 202 (Santan Freeway) from 10 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 29) for lane-marker installation. DETOUR: Please consider alternate routes.

Eastbound US 60 (Superstition Freeway) narrowed to one lane in areas between Loop 202 (Santan Freeway) and Tomahawk Road from 10 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday (Aug. 30) for lane-marker installation. DETOUR: Please consider alternate routes.

Eastbound US 60 (Superstition Freeway) narrowed to one lane overnight in areas between Tomahawk and Mountain View roads from 10 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday (Aug. 31) for lane-marker installation. DETOUR: Please consider alternate routes.

McKellips Road closed in both directions at Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) from 5 a.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 30) for widening project. DETOUR: Alternate routes include Country Club Drive and Alma School Road.

Eastbound Loop 101 off-ramp at Cave Creek Road restricted with no right turns to southbound Cave Creek Road from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 29-30) for Cox Communications utility work. Southbound Cave Creek Road right lane also closed between Rose Garden Lane and Loop 101 with no right turns to westbound Loop 101 on-ramp or frontage road. DETOUR: Consider alternate routes, including westbound Deer Valley Road to southbound Seventh Street, to access westbound Loop 101.

Westbound Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) ramps to Loop 101 (both north- and southbound) closed and westbound Loop 202 narrowed to three lanes between Dobson Road and Loop 101 from 10 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 29) for barrier construction. DETOUR: Please consider alternate routes to connect with Loop 101.

Westbound Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) on-ramp at Dobson Road closed from 10 p.m. Friday to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 30) for widening project. Westbound Loop 202 off-ramp at Alma School Road closed from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 29) and westbound off- and on-ramps at Alma School Road closed from 8 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday (Aug. 31) for widening project. DETOUR: Please use other nearby ramps.

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.

Restrictions along U.S. 60 this weekend

Freeway-improvement projects will require closures or lane restrictions in the Phoenix area this weekend (Aug. 21-24). 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 Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) closed at Chaparral Road from 11:30 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday (Aug. 23) for message-sign installation. Northbound Loop 101 HOV lane also closed at Chaparral. DETOUR: Southbound traffic will detour on the off- and on-ramps at Chaparral Road. Please allow extra travel time.

Westbound US 60 (Superstition Freeway) narrowed to one lane in areas between Country Club Drive and Interstate 10 from 10 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 22) for lane-marker installation. DETOUR: Alternate routes include westbound Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway).

Eastbound US 60 (Superstition Freeway) narrowed to one lane in areas between Interstate 10 and Country Club Drive from 10 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday (Aug. 23) for lane-marker installation. DETOUR: Alternate routes include eastbound Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway).

Eastbound Loop 101 off-ramp at Cave Creek Road restricted with no right turns to southbound Cave Creek Road from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 22-23) for Cox Communications utility work. Southbound Cave Creek Road right lane also closed between Rose Garden Lane and Loop 101 with no right turns to westbound Loop 101 on-ramp or frontage road. DETOUR: Consider alternate routes, including westbound Deer Valley Road to southbound Seventh Street, to access westbound Loop 101.

Eastbound Peoria Avenue closed at Interstate 17 from 10 p.m. Friday to 3 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 23) for maintenance. No left turns allowed from southbound I-17 off-ramp to eastbound Peoria Avenue. DETOUR: Eastbound Peoria Avenue traffic will detour to southbound I-17 frontage road. Alternate routes include eastbound Dunlap Avenue and Cactus Road.

Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) narrowed to two lanes in both directions overnight between Cave Creek Road and Tatum Boulevard from 10 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 22) and from 10 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday (Aug. 23) for construction. DETOUR: Please allow extra travel time and use caution in work zone.

Eastbound US 60 (Superstition Freeway) narrowed to one lane overnight in areas between Country Club Drive and Higley Road from 10 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday (Aug. 24) for lane-marker installation. DETOUR: Please allow extra travel time and use caution in work zone.

Alma School Road closed in both directions at Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) from 5 a.m. Saturday to 8 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 23) for bridge work. Loop 202 on- and off-ramps at Alma School Road also closed at times this weekend. DETOUR: Alternate routes include Country Club Drive.

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.

Next closure on U.S. 60 east of Superior for blasting operations is Aug. 19

Motorists traveling along U.S. Highway 60 between Phoenix and Globe on Wednesday morning, Aug. 19, need to plan ahead or allow extra time as the Arizona Department of Transportation continues blasting work as part of an improvement project to build a new passing lane and widen roadway shoulders east of Superior.

The construction of the 2-mile-long climbing lane from Devil’s Canyon to Oak Flat (mileposts 231-233) will require a full closure of U.S. 60 for up to 90 minutes from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 19, according to a press release.

Traffic on eastbound U.S. 60 will be stopped east of Superior (milepost 227) and westbound U.S. 60 will be stopped at the Top of the World, west of Miami (milepost 235) until the blasting work is completed and the roadway is reopened after all debris is cleared. Law enforcement officers will be stationed at each closure to assist with traffic control.