I-17 Christensen, I-40 Parks facilities reserved for commercial vehicles

PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Transportation has temporarily reopened two long-shuttered northern Arizona rest areas to support truckers hauling essentials during the current public health situation.

The Parks Rest Area along Interstate 40 west of Flagstaff (milepost 182) and the Christensen Rest Area on Interstate 17 south of Flagstaff (milepost 324) offer parking, portable toilets and handwashing stations exclusively for commercial vehicle drivers.

Parts of I-10, I-17 and Loops 101, 202 and 303 to be closed

Phoenix-area drivers should plan ahead for a number of freeway closures this weekend (Feb. 21-24) due to a series of improvement projects in several areas.

Closures are scheduled along parts of interstates 10 and 17 as well as Loops 101, 202 and 303 so crews can do work ranging from bridge removal to pavement upgrades, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Work schedules are subject to change or postponement due to rain. The following closures are scheduled:

Crews to extend westbound US 60 left turn lanes

PHOENIX – The Grand Avenue (US 60) intersections at Bethany Home Road and Northern Avenue will be restricted for several months as part of an improvement project that starts Wednesday night, Feb. 12.

Crews will be extending the westbound Grand Avenue left turn lanes at each intersection to provide more room for drivers to travel westbound onto each of the cross streets. The intersection restrictions are due to be in place until this summer.

Motorists along State Route 177 at Mineral Creek between Superior and Kearny should expect delays starting as soon as Monday, Jan. 6, when a bridge rehabilitation project begins.

Work includes a new concrete overlay, guardrail repairs and scour protection beneath the bridge.

The project is scheduled to last just over three months, ending in April.

Motorists along US 70 east of Globe on the San Carlos Apache Reservation should expect intermittent lane closures and delays starting Monday, Jan. 6.

Crews will begin a project to extend the eastbound passing lane along US 70 between Globe and Peridot. Work will take place between mileposts 260 and 262.

The project includes the following elements:

Provides long-planned direct link between West Valley and East Valley

PHOENIX – The Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway is open to traffic, providing a much needed alternative to Interstate 10 through downtown Phoenix while improving the quality of life in a fast-growing region.

The freeway opened Saturday, Dec. 21, three days after a grand opening ceremony that featured Governor Doug Ducey, Arizona Department of Transportation Director John Halikowski and other Valley leaders.

Using an innovative public-private partnership for the state’s largest-ever highway project, ADOT was able to open the 22-mile freeway three years earlier than if it had been built as a series of traditional projects. The agreement also allowed ADOT to deliver the $1.7 billion South Mountain Freeway at a cost savings of more than $100 million.