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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Loop 303 on its way to providing fast, convenient travel option in West Valley



We like to check in, from time to time, on the Loop 303 project…

Over the past two years we’ve been able to see a 14-mile stretch of the freeway open to traffic, witness the start of construction on new segments and mark many, many milestones along the way.

West Valley commuters already know this, but the once two-lane roadway really is transforming into a modern freeway right in front of our eyes.

And, that transformation continues still, as you can see in the video above.

Work is in the final stages on the segment between Mountain View Boulevard and Peoria Avenue –construction should be complete in fall of this year. But before that, drivers will notice a big difference in mid-July. Traffic, which is presently traveling on the completed northbound lanes while crews work on the southbound side, will begin using both north- and southbound lanes on July 15.

Construction also is well underway on the Peoria Avenue-Thomas Road stretch. Work on that portion of the Loop 303 is expected to be complete in fall 2014.

Then, there’s the big Loop 303/I-10 traffic interchange. It’s more than 60 percent complete and should be open to drivers by fall 2014. A traffic switch is planned along I-10 in mid-July and late-August.

When complete, the Loop 303 will stretch 39 miles from I-17 to I-10. Not only is it expected to provide both commercial and residential growth in the West Valley, it’s also going to provide a fast and convenient travel option for motorists.

“It’s going to be really great for commuters,” says ADOT Senior Community Relations Officer Michelle Thompson. “If you work or live in the West Valley, this is really going to cut down on your drive time.”

Visit the Loop 303 web page for more information on project, or check out some of our previous blog posts
Posted by Angela DeWelles   |  Labels:  Loop-303, Video
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