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Don’t want to get caught in traffic? Avoid these Valley roads



Six different freeways or highways are closed through May 20. Here’s what to watch out for this weekend.

PHOENIX — Six different freeways and highways will be closed in the Valley for improvement work for the weekend of May 17-20, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. ADOT is recommending drivers plan for extra travel time and consider detour routes while the restrictions are in effect:

Northbound I-17 closed between Loop 303 and State Route 74 in north Phoenix from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, May 20 for pavement improvement work.

  • Northbound I-17 traffic will detour on- the northbound frontage road between Loop 303 and SR 74. Please use the posted detour and avoid using local streets including North Valley Parkway. High country travelers: Consider driving before the closure begins late Friday night. Traffic also is lighter during early morning or late evening times.
  • Eastbound Loop 303 closed at I-17 (right turns only to southbound I-17). Allow extra travel time.

Northbound Loop 101 (Price Freeway) closed between US 60 (Superstition Freeway) and Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, May 20 for pavement improvement work.

  • Consider detouring onto US 60 or using northbound Dobson Road or McClintock Drive.
  • Please Note: Southbound Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) ramp to eastbound US 60 in east Mesa closed from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday (May 20) for bridge maintenance.
  • Northbound Loop 101 on-ramps at Warner, Elliot and Guadalupe roads also closed.

Eastbound US 60 (Superstition Freeway) closed between I-10 and Mill Avenue in Tempe from 10 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Monday, May 20 for construction.

  • Detour: I-10 drivers can use eastbound Loop 202 (Santan Freeway) in Chandler to northbound Loop 101 (Price Freeway) to reach US 60.
  • Please Note: Northbound SR 143 (Hohokam Expressway) closed between Broadway Road and Washington Street from 10 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Monday (May 20).

Southbound Loop 202 (South Mountain Freeway) closed between Broadway Road and Southern Avenue in the West Valley from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, May 20 for bridge maintenance.

  • Detour: Traffic will detour on southbound 51st Avenue.

Eastbound I-10 closed between I-17 (“Stack” Interchange) and State Route 51 (“Mini-Stack” interchange) from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday (May 18) for scheduled tunnel maintenance.

  • Eastbound I-10 traffic can detour on southbound I-17 and reconnect with I-10 near Sky Harbor Airport.

Westbound I-10 closed between I-17 (“Split” Interchange) near Sky Harbor Airport and Seventh Avenue from 9 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday, May 19 for scheduled tunnel maintenance.

  • Westbound I-10 traffic will detour on northbound I-17 to connect with I-10 at the Stack Interchange (north of Van Buren Street).
  • Southbound SR 51 ramp to westbound I-10 closed.
  • Westbound Loop 202 ramp to westbound I-10 will remain open but traffic must exit I-10 at Seventh Street.
  • Southbound I-17 ramp to westbound I-10 near Sky Harbor Airport closed.

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