TRAFFIC: Weekend travel alert: April 8-11

Posted at 8:40 AM, Apr 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-08 22:42:03-04

Drivers should avoid a few spots this weekend on the Valley freeways, as crews work on improvement projects.

Some of the schedules may be affected by inclement weather, so be prepared for changes as well. The Arizona Department of Transportation recommends drivers plan ahead, consider alternate routes and use caution in work zones while the following scheduled restrictions are in place:

Northbound Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) right lane closed between Thomas and Chaparral roads from 11:30 p.m. Friday to 11 p.m. Saturday (April 9) for rubberized asphalt paving. Northbound Loop 101 on-ramp at Thomas Road, off- and on-ramps at Indian School Road and off-ramp at Chaparral Road closed. DETOUR: Please allow extra travel time, use caution in work zone and plan on using other northbound ramps, including those at McDowell Road and McDonald Drive. Note: Earlier planned weekend closure of northbound Loop 101 between Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) and Thomas Road postponed due to rain in forecast.

Southbound Interstate 17 narrowed to two lanes overnight with intermittent 30-minute closures near Anthem Way from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights (April 8-10) for overhead message sign work. Southbound I-17 on-ramp at Anthem Way closed. DETOUR: Please allow extra travel time and use caution due to slowing or stopped traffic. Drivers who normally would use southbound on-ramp at Anthem Way should consider using southbound Gavilan Peak Parkway to Daisy Mountain Drive to enter I-17.

Northbound Interstate 17 closed overnight at State Route 74 (Carefree Highway) from 11 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday (April 12) for traffic-flow sensor work. Northbound I-17 on-ramp at Carefree Highway also closed. DETOUR: Northbound I-17 traffic can exit at Carefree Highway and use northbound North Valley/Gavilan Peak parkways to Pioneer Road to re-enter I-17.

Northbound Interstate 17 narrowed to one lane (right lane open) overnight between the I-10 “Split” interchange near Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and 19th Avenue from 9 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday (April 11) for pavement repair. DETOUR: Consider using westbound Interstate 10 in the downtown Phoenix area to reach I-17 at the “Stack” interchange west of Deck Park Tunnel. Please allow extra travel time and use caution in work zone.