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Monday, May 23, 2011

Memorial Day alert: allow extra time for work zone 40 miles w. of Phoenix

I-10 Memorial Day weekend alert: Allow extra travel time for bridge work zone
40 miles west of Phoenix

PHOENIX – If you’re using Interstate 10 between Phoenix and California over the Memorial Day weekend, be sure to plan ahead and allow extra travel time, especially before and at the end of the weekend, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

While no construction work is scheduled over the weekend, heavy holiday traffic is expected to back up along I-10 at the Hassayampa River bridges work zone 40 miles west of downtown Phoenix. I-10 is narrowed to one lane in each direction in the area (milepost 105), with traffic sharing one bridge while the second bridge is undergoing upgrades.

ADOT has the following recommendations for drivers planning to use I-10 between Phoenix and California just before and during the holiday weekend:

•Travel through the area during non-peak hours, including early morning or late night. Traffic is expected to be heaviest during the afternoon and early evening hours on Thursday and Friday (May 26-27) and again on Monday (May 30).
•Allow extra travel time. Delays of approximately 90 minutes may occur during the busiest hours before and at the end of the weekend.
•Consider alternate routes, including US 60 through Wickenburg or Interstate 8 (via State Route 85 in the Phoenix area and US 95 north of Yuma).

ADOT will provide updates about heavier I-10 traffic conditions on its Travel Information site at or by calling 5-1-1 from within the state.

The $3.9 million I-10 Hassayampa Bridges Improvement Project started in fall 2010. It is scheduled for completion this summer.

For the latest news on major existing highway work zones, visit the ADOT website at Information about Memorial Day travel plus ADOT projects and programs is available via the ADOT Blog at


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