Eastbound I-10 to close west of downtown Phoenix this weekend

Crews working on new South Mountain Freeway interchange

PHOENIX – Motorists traveling from the West Valley toward downtown Phoenix this weekend should allow extra travel time and plan ahead to avoid a closure of eastbound Interstate 10 (Papago Freeway) between 67th and 51st avenues due to construction of the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

East bound I-10 Weekend Closure Map - April 26 - 29, 2019Eastbound I-10 will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday, April 26, to 4 a.m. Monday, April 29, in west Phoenix.

To avoid delays on eastbound I-10, motorists should consider alternate routes, including the Loop 101 (Agua Fria Freeway) west of Interstate 17, or exiting I-10 sooner and taking local streets to re-enter past the closure point.

The closure will allow two large cranes to safely set 21 concrete beams over the eastbound I-10 travel lanes that will support the HOV flyover bridges connecting I-10 with the South Mountain Freeway.

Eastbound I-10 traffic can exit at 67th Avenue and detour either to the eastbound I-10 access road or McDowell Road before re-entering the freeway at 51st Avenue; however, heavy delays are likely. In addition, the eastbound I-10 on-ramps at 91st, 83rd, 79th and 75th avenues will be closed to help reduce traffic backups.

In addition, a portion of 59th Avenue will be closed in both directions between McDowell Road and Roosevelt Street from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 to paint one of the flyover bridges.

The 22-mile South Mountain Freeway is scheduled for full completion in 2020, although traffic is expected to be using the freeway earlier. It will provide a long-planned direct link between the East Valley and West Valley and a much-needed alternative to I-10 through downtown Phoenix. Approved by Maricopa County voters in 1985 and again in 2004 as part of a comprehensive regional transportation plan, the South Mountain Freeway will complete the Loop 202 and Loop 101 freeway system in the Valley.

For information on the project, visit SouthMountainFreeway.com.