ADOT Traffic Alert – I-10 closed near downtown Phoenix
this weekend (May 10-11) for APS power line project
PHOENIX – Drivers with travel plans through the Phoenix area this weekend (May 10-11) are urged to avoid a closure of Interstate 10 in the downtown area due to an Arizona Public Service Co. power line project.
Westbound I-10 will be closed between the I-17 ‘Split’ near Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Seventh Avenue while eastbound I-10 will be closed between the I-17 ‘Stack’ interchange and the Loop 202/State Route 51 interchange from 2 a.m. Saturday to 11 p.m. Sunday (May 11).
The westbound Loop 202 and southbound SR 51 ramps to westbound I-10 also will be closed.
Drivers, including those with travel plans in or out of Sky Harbor Airport, can expect heavy traffic congestion in areas approaching the I-10 closure. The Arizona Department of Transportation recommends drivers plan ahead, allow plenty of extra travel time and use alternate routes if at all possible.
I-10 traffic will be detoured to Interstate 17 south and west of the downtown area, but heavy traffic delays can be expected.
The I-10 closure is required to allow crews working on the APS project to safely remove three older power lines and replace them with six new power lines in the area of the Seventh Street overpass. According to APS, the work will add a second circuit to the Seventh Street power-line system to meet higher electrical demands and ensure greater reliability in the Phoenix area.
The weekend of May 10-11 was selected for the I-10 closure to allow APS to get the necessary work done before much-hotter summer weather arrives and before electric power demand climbs this summer. The weekend also was chosen because the Arizona Diamondback will be playing out of town in Chicago.
Here are suggestions for possible alternate routes while I-10 is closed:
- For eastbound I-10 drivers heading to downtown Phoenix from the West Valley: Consider exiting ahead of the I-10 closure and using eastbound surface streets.
- For eastbound I-10 drivers heading to Sky Harbor Airport: Please allow plenty of extra travel time and consider using southbound I-17 to northbound 16th Street and eastbound Buckeye Road.
- For westbound I-10 drivers approaching Phoenix from Tucson, Ahwatukee or the Southeast Valley: Consider detouring along eastbound Loop 202 (Santan Freeway) in Chandler or eastbound US 60 in Tempe to northbound Loop 101.
- For westbound I-10 travelers heading to Sky Harbor Airport: Plan on using northbound State Route 143 to access the airport’s east entrance. Be prepared for westbound I-10 congestion near the US 60 interchange in Tempe and I-10 Broadway Curve. Allow plenty of extra travel time.
- For southbound I-17 travelers approaching Phoenix from Flagstaff and other northern Arizona communities: Consider detouring onto eastbound Loop 101 in north Phoenix and using southbound SR 51 to reach eastbound I-10 and Sky Harbor Airport.
- For I-10 drivers, including commercial truck drivers, with plans to travel through Phoenix: Consider using the Phoenix Bypass Route along Interstate 8 (starting in Casa Grande for westbound traffic) and State Route 85 (starting in Buckeye for eastbound traffic).
While the APS power line work is underway, ADOT also will have crews conducting maintenance work in and near the I-10 Deck Park Tunnel.
Updated information about the scheduled May 10-11 closure of I-10 in Phoenix for the APS power line project will be available on the ADOT Twitter feed (@ArizonaDOT), on the ADOT website (azdot.gov) and through the agency’s Traveler Information System (az511.gov or by calling 5-1-1 in Arizona).