TRAFFIC: Weekend travel alert: April 22-25

Posted at 8:20 AM, Apr 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-22 11:20:13-04

A few big closures on Valley freeways this weekend could cause a traffic mess for drivers. The Arizona Department of Transportation recommends planning ahead and considering alternate routes while the following scheduled restrictions are in place:

Northbound Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) closed between McDowell and Indian Bend roads from 10 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday (April 23) for rubberized asphalt paving. Westbound Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) ramp to northbound Loop 101 also closed. Northbound Loop 101 then closed between McDowell and Chaparral roads from 9 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday (April 25) for rubberized asphalt paving. DETOUR: Please avoid closure if possible and consider alternate routes, including westbound Interstate 10 or westbound Loop 202 to northbound State Route 51 or Interstate 17 to reach north Valley destinations.

Northbound Loop 202 closed between Elliot Road and University Drive in east Mesa from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday (April 25) for rubberized asphalt paving. Both US 60 (Superstition Freeway) ramps to northbound Loop 202 also closed. DETOUR: Local detours include northbound Ellsworth or Sossaman roads. Please consider alternate routes to avoid heavy traffic approaching freeway closure.

Loop 303 on- and off-ramps at El Mirage Road closed from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday (April 25) for paving as part of new interchange project. El Mirage Road also closed in both directions between Corte Bella Drive and Loop 303. DETOUR: Loop 303 drivers can consider exiting at Happy Valley Parkway or Grand Avenue. Northbound El Mirage Road traffic can detour on Williams Drive and 117th Avenue and access Loop 303 at Happy Valley Parkway. Loop 303 traffic can access El Mirage Road by exiting at Happy Valley Parkway and using 117th Avenue and Williams Drive.


Eastbound Interstate 10 narrowed to two lanes overnight between 24th Street and Broadway Road from 11 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday (April 23) for maintenance. Westbound I-10 HOV lane also closed in area. DETOUR: Please use caution and be prepared to slow down and merge safely in work zone. Watch for workers and equipment.