By Tom Herrmann / ADOT Communications
On most road-building projects, there’s a lot of work you don’t see. From building foundations for new travel lanes to pouring concrete deep into the ground to support bridges, the progress isn’t always visible to drivers passing by.
As you can see in the video above, that’s been anything but the case on the project widening 4 miles of I-10 between Eloy and Picacho. Over the past six weeks, here’s what has happened:
- Westbound traffic moved to the new westbound lanes in early December.
- Crews removed the pavement, bridges and guardrails from the old westbound lanes.
- Eastbound traffic has been moved to new pavement that eventually will be used for westbound traffic, separated from westbound traffic by concrete barrier.
- The new overpass connecting I-10 with State Route 87 has opened, including both westbound ramps and a temporary eastbound ramp.
- SR 87 has opened north of I-10, allowing traffic to connect from the freeway to central Arizona.
Next up: Removing the old eastbound lanes, finishing construction of the new eastbound lanes and implementing the innovation dust detection system designed to give drivers information to make them safe in a dust storm. We're also recycling asphalt and other materials to create the base for the new eastbound lanes.
It's all scheduled to be done by early fall.