New HOV ramps being built in West Valley on Loop 101

ADOT working on loop 101

ADOT is working to add new Loop 101 HOV lane on- and off-ramps that will connect with the existing Maryland Avenue overpass.

If you’ve driven in the West Valley recently, it’s likely you have noticed the work that’s occurring on Loop 101 near Maryland Avenue…

In particular, you’ve probably seen the columns that have sprouted up in the work zone (if your commute doesn’t take you to Glendale, see the photos above for a look at what it is we’re referring to).

What you’re seeing is construction on a project that got its start just last month.

Once it’s finished, motorists will have a brand new travel option when visiting Westgate City Center, the University of Phoenix Stadium and Arena.

Loop 101 HOV ramps

In partnership with the city of Glendale, ADOT is adding a new Loop 101 HOV lane on- and off-ramps to connect with the existing Maryland Avenue overpass.

The project also includes a new traffic signal where the HOV ramps meet on Maryland Avenue.

ADOT working on loop 101

Work is scheduled for completion in spring 2014 (click for larger view).

The project is on a fast timeline and is scheduled for completion in spring 2014. Work is on an accelerated track because the design-build method of contracting has been selected as the best alternative for the project.

Overhead view for loop 101

Overhead Roadway View

HOV lane refresher

Like all HOV lanes, the new ramps (once they're finished) will be restricted to vehicles carrying two or more people, as well as other approved vehicles during weekday rush hour periods of 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Once construction is complete, the ramps will be open to all vehicles at other times, including weekends.

What to watch for

You’ll remember from this blog post that the design-build method can yield big results in a relatively small amount of time by pairing the design team with the construction team from start to finish.

During construction, the north and southbound Loop 101 HOV lane between Bethany Home Road and Glendale Avenue will be closed. Drivers are asked to use caution when traveling in the work zone.

For the latest on the project, including traffic alerts, please visit the project Web page.