Interstate 8 Pavement Preservation Project between milepost 82 and Gila Bend

The Arizona Department of Transportation, in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration, is repairing the pavement on Interstate 8 near the town of Gila Bend.

The purpose of the project is to extend the life of the pavement and to improve safety and the ride on the existing roadway.

The work consists of removing and replacing the existing pavement. Additional work consists of upgrading existing guardrail, replacing pavement markings and other miscellaneous work.

Project Area

The project is located on I-8 in Maricopa County, approximately 35 miles west of Gila Bend between mileposts 82 and 96.

I-8 Pavement Project area map

What to expect:

The project is scheduled to begin in early February with completion anticipated by fall 2020.

Lane restrictions and closures will be necessary. Drivers should plan for possible delays.

Work is scheduled to occur between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Mondays  through Thursdays, and from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays.

Traffic Alert

Closures of Interstate 8 Sentinel Rest Areas and traffic interchange ramps scheduled May 18-19

Drivers should expect delays and allow extra travel time

The Sentinel Rest Areas along Interstate 8 are scheduled to be closed Monday, May 18, and Tuesday, May 19, as contractors are scheduled to pave the road. 

The following restrictions will occur on Monday, May 18:

  • Westbound I-8 Sentinel Rest Area (milepost 83) will be closed from 7 a.m. to noon.
  • Westbound I-8 Sentinel Traffic Interchange on- and off-ramps will be closed from 7 a.m. to noon.
  • Eastbound I-8 Sentinel Rest Area (milepost 83) will be closed from noon to 6 p.m.
  • Eastbound I-8 Sentinel Traffic Interchange on- and off-ramps will be closed from noon to 6 p.m.
  • Flaggers will direct motorists through the work zone.
  • The speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph.

Note:  Westbound traffic will be detoured to Spot Road (milepost 78). Eastbound traffic will be detoured to Painted Rock Traffic Interchange (milepost 102). Westbound I-8 travelers will be able to use the Mohawk Rest Area (milepost 56). 

The following restrictions will occur on Tuesday, May 19, from 6 a.m. to noon:

  • Eastbound I-8 Sentinel Rest Area (milepost 83) will be closed.
  • Eastbound I-8 Sentinel Traffic Interchange on- and off-ramps will be closed.
  • Flaggers will direct motorists through the work zone.
  • The speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph.

Note: Eastbound traffic will be detoured to Painted Rock Traffic Interchange (milepost 102).

Stay Informed

Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors.  Subscribe to receive project updates and traffic alerts by email. For more information, please call the ADOT Bilingual Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or submit a question or comment by email.  For real-time highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT’s Traveler Information Site at www.az511.gov, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except while driving.