Beginning Tuesday, lane closures will resume on Interstate 10 near State Route 90 as construction detour is finished
February 22, 2011
SAFFORD — Motorists using Interstate 10 near Benson will experience lane closures after the Presidents Day holiday weekend, as the Arizona Department of Transportation continues working toward replacement of the traffic interchange at State Route 90 and realignment of nearby curves on the highway.
To make holiday travel easier for the public, there will be no work on the $27.6 million project for the three-day weekend beginning Friday afternoon through the morning of Tuesday, February 21.
Westbound Traffic Impacts:
Beginning at 6 a.m. Tuesday (February 22) the left lane of westbound I-10 will be closed until approximately 7 p.m. while crews put down the final layer of asphalt on a temporary detour constructed in the highway median.
On Wednesday, starting at 6 a.m., the left lane of westbound I-10 will close again and remain closed for 48 consecutive hours while crews work to add striping, other markings and signage to the detour.
That work is scheduled to be complete by 6 a.m. Friday, February 25, when ADOT will move westbound I-10 traffic onto the new detour road to allow crews to begin realigning the highway west of State Route 90.
The detour will begin at Exit 303 and continue west to Exit 302 (the junction with State Route 90). The detour then continues west of the State Route 90 interchange for about an additional mile to the west. Westbound traffic will use that detour for about nine months while the highway realignment work is being done. The posted speed limit on the detour will be 65 miles per hour.
Eastbound Traffic Impacts:
On Thursday, February 24, motorists driving eastbound on I-10 also will encounter lane closures on the bridge over State Route 90 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Work to remove the existing striping from the overpass and install new striping will require crews to close the right lane of eastbound I-10 and then switch traffic to the right lane while they work on the left lane.
As always, motorists are encouraged to proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down and be alert for construction equipment and personnel
ADOT works to inform the public about planned restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule.
Please buckle up, observe speed limits, and never drink and drive.