TRAFFIC NOW: Interstate 10 to be closed in downtown Phoenix for planned electrical project

PHOENIX - The Arizona Department said Interstate 10 has reopened in both directions in central Phoenix.

ADOT added that some connecting ramps and on-ramps are not open yet.

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Arizona Department of Transportation reopened westbound lanes in downtown Phoenix Sunday afternoon around 1:30 p.m., while eastbound lanes still appear to be shut down as originally planned.

The westbound 7th street exit ramp will continue to be blocked until Sunday evening, ADOT said.

Crews have been installing power lines, installing overhead road signs, performing tunnel maintenance and painting new lane stripes in the closed portion of the freeway.

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Motorists are encouraged to avoid portions of the Interstate 10 in downtown Phoenix as a planned electrical project will likely create delays and backups, according to ADOT.

Download the ABC15 mobile app for continued traffic conditions. The planned closures will start at 2 a.m. Saturday and last until 11 p.m. Sunday.

CLOSURES:

  • Westbound I-10 between the I-17 Split and 7th Avenue
  • Eastbound I-10 between the Stack interchange and the Loop 202/State Route 51 interchange
  • The westbound Loop 202 ramp, and the southbound SR 51 ramp, connecting to westbound I-10

Delays are expected along the westbound Loop 202 ramp to the eastbound I-10 and northbound SR 51.

The Arizona Public Service Co. is removing three older power lines and replacing them with six new lines near the 7th Street overpass, according to ADOT.

I-10 traffic approaching the closures will be detoured onto I-17 south and west of downtown Phoenix.

Possible alternate routes courtesy of azdot.gov .

  • For eastbound I-10 drivers heading to downtown Phoenix from the West Valley: Consider exiting ahead of the I-10 closure and using eastbound surface streets.
  • For eastbound I-10 drivers heading to Sky Harbor Airport: Please allow plenty of extra travel time and consider using southbound I-17 to northbound 16th Street and eastbound Buckeye Road.
  • For westbound I-10 drivers approaching Phoenix from Tucson, Ahwatukee or the Southeast Valley: Consider detouring along eastbound Loop 202 (Santan Freeway) in Chandler or eastbound US 60 in Tempe to northbound Loop 101.
  • For westbound I-10 travelers heading to Sky Harbor Airport: Plan on using northbound State Route 143 to access the airport’s east entrance. Be prepared for westbound I-10 congestion near the US 60 interchange in Tempe and I-10 Broadway Curve. Allow plenty of extra travel time.
  • For southbound I-17 travelers approaching Phoenix from Flagstaff and other northern Arizona communities: Consider detouring onto eastbound Loop 101 in north Phoenix and using southbound SR 51 to reach eastbound I-10 and Sky Harbor Airport.
  • For I-10 drivers, including commercial truck drivers, with plans to travel through Phoenix: Consider using the Phoenix Bypass Route along Interstate 8 (starting in Casa Grande for westbound traffic) and State Route 85 (starting in Buckeye for eastbound traffic).

Make sure to follow ABC15 on Twitter for continued traffic updates, as well as ABC15 Weekend Mornings starting at 5 a.m.

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