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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

New projects include new lanes on Loop 303, widening of Loop 202

For months Valley drivers have been watching the progress along their daily commute routes as freeways are widened and new lanes take shape. As the new year begins, drivers can look forward to the completion of construction along several busy Valley freeways, opening up more lanes along these highly traveled areas.

As some long anticipated projects to add lanes and widen existing freeways will be finished, others will get started. It promises to be a busy year ahead for the Arizona Department of Transportation with freeway construction across the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Loop 303

One of the most notable new projects is the beginning of construction on a new segment of Loop 303. ADOT will build two new lanes in each direction along a 14 mile stretch from Happy Valley Parkway to Interstate 17. Construction is scheduled to start this spring. The project will be complete in 2012.

Loop 202 and US 60/Grand Avenue

Two other new projects scheduled to get under way this spring include the addition of new lanes along the Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) from State Route 51 to Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) and the addition of one new lane in each direction along US 60/Grand Avenue from Loop 303 to 83rd Avenue. Both projects will be complete in 2010.

This will also be a banner year for the completion of major projects.

This year ADOT is finishing up major widening projects on I-10 and I-17. The additional lanes on these major interstates will offer modern gateways to the Valley as people travel for work or play.

Interstate 10

Currently, I-10 is being widened by two lanes in each direction from Loop 101 to Sarival Avenue. The second phase of the I-10 improvement project will begin this year with the expected widening of Sarival Avenue to Verrado Way and also from Dysart Road to Sarival Avenue.

Interstate 17

I-17 is also being widened by two lanes in each direction from Loop 101 to the Carefree Highway. The next stage of freeway improvements is expected to begin this year, adding one new lane in each direction from the Carefree Highway to Anthem Way.

US 60 and Loop 101 carpool lanes

Two final projects that will come to a close in 2009 are the widening of US 60 (Superstition Freeway) from I-10 to Loop 101 (Price Freeway) and the construction of carpool lanes along Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) in North Phoenix, Scottsdale and Chandler.

The North Phoenix carpool lanes run from Tatum Boulevard to Princess Drive. In Scottsdale, the carpool lanes start at Princess Drive and go to Via de Ventura. And in Chandler, the lanes start at the Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) in Tempe and end at the Loop 202 (Santan Freeway) in Chandler.

Projects around Arizona

Valley drivers will also hear more this year about two major construction projects in other parts of the state projects they may encounter on their travels. In Tucson, ADOT is widening a five mile stretch of Interstate 10 to include four lanes in each direction between Prince Road and 29th Street. The project began in 2007 and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Valley residents traveling to Las Vegas this year will notice the widening of a 15 mile stretch along US 93 approaching the Hoover Dam Bridge. Construction will begin this month to widen the highway to two lanes in each direction, a project that will connect to the Hoover Dam Bypass, which is currently under construction. The US 93 project is expected to be complete in 2011.

The Valley freeway construction projects are included in the 20 year Regional Transportation Plan for Maricopa County. More than $15 billion in comprehensive, diverse transportation improvements are funded in the plan through a voter-approved sales tax. More information about ADOT’s ongoing work as part of the Regional Transportation Plan is available at

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