Downtown Phoenix I-10 freeway closure to cause problems this weekend for travelers, businesses

PHOENIX - Brad Denham doesn't mince words. This weekend is going to be a disaster.

"This is the worst possible scenario for our business that could happen in Arizona," said Denham.

What's happening is that Denham is a florist. He has over 10,000 deliveries customers want sent to moms this weekend. The problem is that both major highways surrounding his business are going to be either closed or packed with traffic.

Officials with the Arizona Department of Transportation say parts of I-10 near Downtown Phoenix will be closed from 2 a.m. Saturday until 11 a.m. Sunday.

I-10 westbound will be closed from the I-17 split interchange to 7th Avenue. I-10 eastbound will be closed from the I-17 interchange to the 202/51 interchange.

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"I get that the work has to be done but this is just the worst possible weekend to do this work. Not just for us but for all the people that are going to traveling on Mother's Day," said Denham.

To try and get around the changes, Denham is handing out maps to his drivers and encouraging them to take surface streets.

ADOT is also alerting drivers. Electronic signs are flashing messages warning drivers about the closures and detours in place.

ADOT spokesperson Doug Nintzel says officials choose this weekend to do the construction weekend because it's not yet too hot and the Diamondbacks are playing an away game.

"This is a weekend that allows APS to work safely on the project. We realize there's never a good time for a weekend closure like this one and that there will be traffic backups. Our top recommendation is to avoid the closure if at all possible, plan ahead and consider alternate routes," said Nintzel.

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