08/26: Weekend Closures


Westbound Interstate 10 narrowed to two lanes (left lanes closed) between Estrella Parkway and Loop 303 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 27) for pavement repair. 

DETOUR: Please allow extra travel time and consider alternate routes, including westbound McDowell Road or Van Buren Street to travel beyond the work zone and access I-10 via Citrus or Perryville roads.

08/12: Weekend Closures


Interstate 10 at University Drive and 32nd Street CLOSURE: 

Interstate 10 on- and off-ramps at University Drive/32nd Street near Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport closed from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday (Aug. 15) for bridge work and paving. University Drive/32nd Street also closed in the area between Wood and Elwood streets.

DETOUR: Please consider alternate routes, which include using the I-10 on- or off-ramps at 40th Street, to access local businesses.

Deadly crash closes eastbound traffic on I-10 west of Loop 303


08/01/16 - A deadly crash on I-10 at Hassayampa in the far West Valley has shut down eastbound traffic.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, a tractor-trailer was involved in a crash with a pedestrian near milepost 105, which is 20 miles west of the Loop 303.

The pedestrian was reportedly involved in a single-vehicle crash before being struck by the tractor-trailer. DPS has confirmed the crash was deadly. Eastbound traffic is shut down with no estimate of reopening. Liability?

There is still too much that we do not know. Cars break down on the highway all the time. Driving to Phoenix from California yesterday, we say many people pulled over for flat tires, engine trouble, etc..
Arizona now has a “Move Over Law” (§28-775E).

It says: 1. If on a highway having at least 2 lanes proceeding in the same direction as the approaching vehicle, proceed with due caution and if possible, with due regard to safety and traffic conditions, yield the right of way by making a lane change into a lane not adjacent to that of the emergency vehicle 2.

If changing lanes would be impossible or unsafe proceed with due caution and reduce speed, maintaining a safe speed for road conditions.

What happened here? We will need more information. Regardless, our thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by the tragedy.

I-10 Closed Near Goodyear After Car Wreck



07/11/16 - A fatal car wreck forced authorities to close Interstate 10 in the West Valley late Monday morning.

The wreck ---which NEVER should have happened--was reported near Watson Road, west of Goodyear at about 11:15 a.m. Monday.

The collision and emergency response forced authorities to close the westbound lanes of I-10 at about 11:25 a.m. Monday.

The Arizona Department of Transportation later reported that the highway was closed in both directions.  A large SUV traveling on I-10 around 11 a.m. lost control and crossed into the median, causing the vehicle to roll over. Two people died as a result of the crash, according to the Department of Public Safety spokesman Quentin Mehr.

Sad.  Stupid.  Absurd.  Ridiculous.  Unnecessary.  Shameful. 

Choose your descriptor.

Why the State of Arizona Highway department (ADOT) still refuses to put median barriers in place is anyone’s guess.

Hundreds have died from crossover collisions, despite the State’s own experts admitting there is an easy and almost foolproof (95%+) fix:  Cable Median Barriers.

In 2012, a Maricopa County jury found the State liable for failing to have barriers in place, and awarded a family that lost two family members $7.8 million.

In 2015, a Maricopa County jury again found the State liable for failing to have barriers in place, and awarded two families that each lost a family member $47 million.

Why does ADOT refuse to install barriers?  They know they work (installed throughout all metropolitan areas of Phoenix and Tucson).

People keep dying on our state highways. 

There is only one way to wake up the State of Arizona:  Keep the lawsuits coming.  Eventually as the judgments get bigger, the taxpayers will demand something be done.  

DPS: At least one killed in crash on I-10 near Riggs Road


06/22 - The Arizona Department of Public Safety is investigating after a deadly crash on Interstate 10 south of the Valley Tuesday night.

Troopers said two vehicles crashed in the westbound lanes, killing at least one person. The Arizona Department of Transportation said the crash closed I-10 westbound near Riggs Road.

All traffic was being forced to exit onto Riggs, according to a news release. Officials did not have an estimate of when the highway would reopen, and told drivers to expect delays and plan alternate routes.

Drivers needing to return to I-10 can take Riggs Road east to SR 87, north on SR 87 to Loop 202 Santan Freeway and west on L202 Santan to return to I-10.

The backup due to the crash and closure extended for about a mile as of 9:45 p.m., ADOT said. No other information was immediately available.

3 dead following wrong-way collision on Interstate 10 near Tonopah


06/20: Two women were killed when a man driving the wrong way on Interstate 10 struck their car head-on Friday night near Tonopah, according to the Department of Public Safety. The man also died. A third person in the car that was hit was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
At about 8:45 p.m., DPS troopers responded to reports of a collision on I-10 near milepost 92. Witnesses reported seeing a silver  car drive away at, they estimated, more than 100 mph. At 9:30 p.m., the DPS received calls of a driver heading east in the westbound lanes of I-10 at milepost 94. A short time later, they received calls reporting a head-on collision in the same area.
Troopers on scene confirmed the wrong-way vehicle was the same silver car seen fleeing the earlier collision. DPS troopers reported they believe the driver was impaired. The highway was shut down for five hours following the crash.

The DPS has not yet released the names of the individuals who died.

Crash closes eastbound I-10 east of Quartzsite


06/17 - A fatal crash has closed eastbound Interstate 10 about 10 miles east of Quartzsite. The Arizona Department of Public Safety said at least two people have been airlifted from the scene.

Arizona Department of Transportation officials said a detour has been set up to get drivers around the closure: Travelers will exit I-10 at U.S. 60 eastbound (milepost 31), then turn south on Vicksburg Road, which will bring drivers back to I-10 near milepost 45.

Drivers should allow for extra travel time. There is no estimated time to reopen eastbound lanes. Westbound lanes remain open.