Several freeway-improvement projects in the Phoenix area will require closures this weekend (May 3-5), according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Drivers are encouraged to plan ahead and consider alternate routes while the following freeway closures are in place this weekend:
• State Route 143 (Hohokam Expressway) closed in both directions between Interstate 10 and University Drive near Sky Harbor Airport from 11 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday (May 6) for pipeline work. Northbound 48th Street closed at Broadway Road. DETOUR: Sky Harbor traffic can use I-10 to Buckeye Road to access airport’s west entrance. Alternate north-south routes include 40th and 52nd streets.
• Southbound State Route 51 (Piestewa Freeway) closed between Greenway and Cactus roads from 11 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday (May 4) for installation of ramp meter equipment. DETOUR: Drivers can use Bell, Greenway, or Thunderbird roads to 32nd or 40th streets southbound to Cactus Road to access southbound SR 51.
• Southbound State Route 51 on-ramps at Greenway and Thunderbird roads closed from 11 p.m. Friday to noon Sunday (May 5) for installation of ramp meter equipment. DETOUR: Drivers can use Greenway or Thunderbird roads to 32nd or 40th streets southbound to Cactus Road to access southbound SR 51.
• Northbound Interstate 17 closed at Peoria Avenue from 9 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday (May 4) for installation of ramp meter equipment. DETOUR: Drivers can exit and re-enter I-17 using the off- and on-ramps at Peoria Avenue.
• Northbound Interstate 17 closed at Bell Road from 11 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday (May 5) for installation of ramp meter equipment. DETOUR: Drivers can exit and re-enter I-17 using the off- and on-ramps at Bell Road.
You can also check on any other weekend freeway restrictions at www.ValleyFreeways.com/OtherRestrictions.
For a complete list of highway and freeway restrictions across Arizona visit ADOT’s Travel Information site at www.az511.gov or call 5-1-1. Sign up for ADOT email updates, including weekend freeway restrictions, at www.azdot.gov. There is also another great way to learn more about ADOT’s projects and programs to improve Arizona’s transportation system. Check out the ADOT blog at www.adotblog.blogspot.com.
ADOT plans and constructs new freeways, additional lanes and other major improvements as part of the 20-year Regional Transportation Plan for the Maricopa County region. The primary funding source is a half-cent sales tax approved by county voters in 2004. More information about ADOT projects and the regional plan is available at www.ValleyFreeways.com.