Roads to avoid this weekend in the Valley

Freeway-improvement projects will require closures or lane restrictions in the Phoenix area this weekend (Oct. 13-16), according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Drivers should allow extra travel time, consider alternate routes and use caution in work zones while the following restrictions are in place: 

Westbound Interstate 10 closed at 59th Avenue from 10 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Sunday (Oct. 15) for bridge construction at Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway interchange. Westbound I-10 on-ramps at 43rd and 51st avenues also closed. Expect heavy traffic, delays and consider alternate routes. DETOUR: Alternate routes include westbound and southbound Loop 101 in the West Valley. NOTE: East Valley fans traveling to Saturday night's Arizona Coyotes-Boston Bruins game can also consider using Loop 101 as alternate route to Gila River Arena.

Yorkshire Drive/Utopia Road closed in both directions approaching Interstate 17 in north Phoenix from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 14) for installation of wrong-way vehicle detection system. North- and southbound I-17 on- and off-ramps at Yorkshire Drive/Utopia Road closed. DETOUR: Alternate routes include Union Hills Drive or Rose Garden Lane. Eastbound Yorkshire Drive closed at 27th Avenue (traffic can access I-17 via local streets). Southbound 23rd Avenue limited to local traffic only between eastbound Loop 101 (Beardsley) frontage road and Utopia Road. Westbound Utopia Road closed at Honeywell entrance (east of I-17). NOTE: North- and southbound I-17 off-ramps at Northern Avenue closed from 9 p.m. Friday to noon Saturday (Oct. 14). Alternate routes include Glendale or Dunlap avenues.

Northbound Interstate 17 ramp to eastbound Loop 101 in north Phoenix narrowed to one lane from 9 p.m. Saturday to 2 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 15) for installation of wrong-way vehicle detection system. The east- and westbound Loop 101 ramps to southbound I-17 also will be narrowed to one lane. Southbound I-17 off-ramp at Yorkshire Drive closed. DETOUR: Please use caution and be prepared to slow down and merge safely. Watch for highway workers and equipment in work zones.

Westbound Interstate 10 closed at 59th Avenue overnight from 9 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday (Oct. 16) and from 9 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 17) for bridge construction at Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway interchange. DETOUR: Please allow extra travel time and consider alternate routes, including westbound and southbound Loop 101 in West Valley.

Interstate 10 HOV-lane on- and off-ramps at Third Street near downtown Phoenix closed from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday (Oct. 16) for pavement joint maintenance. DETOUR: Consider alternate routes, including the I-10 on- or off-ramps at Seventh Street or Seventh Avenue.

For a listing of highway and freeway restrictions in the Phoenix area and around the state, visit ADOT's Travel Information site at az511.gov.

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