Westbound I-10 to close for construction from July 7 to July 10



07/06/2017 - Drivers heading out to the West Valley or beyond during the upcoming weekend should plan ahead, as ADOT announced it will close off a portion of Interstate 10.

According to a statement released Wednesday afternoon, Westbound I-10 will be closed at 59th Avenue, from 10:00 p.m. on Friday, July 7, to 5:00 a.m. on Monday, July 10, in order to allow construction crews to safely place a 90-foot long steel falsework beam above the I-10. The beam will support a future fly-over bridge and is related to the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway project.

Deadly crash closes WB I-10 at 339th Avenue


7/6/2017 - The Arizona Department of Public Safety says a deadly crash closed westbound Interstate 10 west of the Valley. 
According to DPS, a double-trailer semi truck and another truck crashed around 1:50 a.m. Thursday near 339th Avenue. Information from the scene suggests the semi truck rear-ended a pickup truck, causing the pickup to roll. The driver of the pickup was ejected and killed, and the pick-up caught fire. 
The driver of the semi was reportedly taken to the hospital for breathing problems, officials say. 
Westbound traffic is blocked for the crash investigation with only one lane getting through now. The Arizona Department of Transportation says traffic can exit at 339th Avenue and re-enter the freeway at Indian School Road. 

1 killed, 8 injured in bus rollover on I-10 near Quartzsite


7/5/2017 - A bus driver was killed and eight passengers injured Monday when a tire failed and the driver lost control of the bus carrying support staff from an Illinois drum corps.
The bus drove over the median before tumbling onto its left side shortly after 4 a.m. Monday on Interstate 10 about 10 miles from the Arizona-California border, Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Quentin Mehr said. Initial reports show a bad tire may have caused the crash. 
The driver, 55-year-old Donna M. Howard from Kansas City, Missouri, died after being partially ejected from the vehicle, according to Mehr, who said she wasn't wearing a seatbelt at the time of the rollover.
The bus was being used by the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from Rockford, Illinois, Mehr said.  The Phantom Regiment said in a statement that the bus was shuttling the group's support staff, not performers, between shows in California and Arizona.
Eight of the 13 passengers were taken to hospitals in Arizona and California, including two who were airlifted to a Phoenix hospital.
All eight were treated and released from hospitals by Monday evening, Mehr said.
Phantom Regiment released the following statement after the incident:
"A bus carrying staff and volunteers for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps was involved in a rollover incident early Monday morning just east of the Arizona-California border on I-10.
The driver of the bus died at the scene. Eight of the 13 passengers were transported to hospitals. All are expected to be released today. The passengers included members of the cooking, souvenir and tour management teams.
None of the performing members were involved.
Police are investigating the cause of the rollover, which shut down the highway for more than an hour.

Phoenix cheerleading bus struck by semi


6/30/2017 — Four people were injured in a fiery crash involving a big-rig and a charter bus carrying a group of cheerleaders near Mecca that closed westbound lanes of Interstate 10, backing up traffic for hours.
Among the injured were the bus driver, Manuel Valdivia of Phoenix, and three cheerleaders. All were taken to Desert Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, the California Highway Patrol reported.
Initially reported as a non-injury crash, a CHP official later said that four of the roughly 30 bus passengers, ages 13 and younger, were taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital with minor to moderate injuries.
The bus was headed home to Arizona from a cheerleading camp at UCLA, the CHP reported.
The crash occurred at about 4:15 p.m. on eastbound I-10 when Valdivia slowed the bus in the No. 1 lane as he approached stopped traffic. 
Truck driver Rene Aragon of Fontana was traveling in the eastbound No. 2 lane in a 2016 Volvo semi-truck with two trailers, at a speed too fast to stop, the CHP reported.
He hit the brakes and to avoid a collision turned the truck to the left, colliding with the rear of the tour bus, officials said.

Truck crosses median, enters opposite lanes

The truck continued across the wide center median and ended up blocking the westbound lanes of I-10. The bus was also pushed into the center divide but did not collide with any other vehicles.
Aragon got out of the truck safely, though it was initially reported he was trapped inside when it burst into flames.
One eastbound and both westbound lanes of the I-10 were closed for several hours while emergency crews worked. Traffic was backed up to Cottonwood, making it difficult for tow trucks to get through.
Just before 10 p.m., all lanes in both directions were open, though officials said vehicle removal would continue into Thursday as the investigation continues.

5/26: Memorial Day Weekend Freeway Closures


We aren't showing any major closures for this holiday weekend on the I-10. Please make sure that you drive safe and drive smart out there, Arizona!

CROSS-OVER CRASHES ON THE UNPROTECTED INTERSTATE 10 CONTINUE


5/25/2017 - Three people were injured when two semi-tractor trailers and a passenger vehicle crashed — the semis catching fire on Interstate 10 west of Tucson Monday, May 22. 

The crash occurred when a westbound commercial truck-tractor that was pulling a semi-trailer had its front left tire fail. The driver lost control and the semi rig entered the depressed dirt median and rolled onto its side and entered the eastbound traffic lanes. 

The rig struck another commercial truck-tractor tanker head on, and a passenger vehicle also became involved in the crash. A fire erupted and destroyed the truck. The number of deaths that have occurred—and continue to occur on Interstate 10 from cross-over crashes is staggering. 

There is a simple fix that the Arizona highway department knows about, but for some reason, refuses to implement. It looks like this: Cable median barriers save lives. 

There is no dispute. The State of Arizona’s own experts admit that median barriers are 95% effective in preventing these cross-over crashes. So why does the Arizona highway department refuse to install these in Interstate 10? 

Zachar Law Firm has represented the victims of these tragedies. Two different Maricopa County juries have determined the State to be negligent and have awarded families millions of dollars in damages for the deaths of their loved ones on Interstate 10 from cross-over crashes. 

They determined that these were completely preventable.

03/31: Weekend Closures


The I-10 ramps to and from Pecos Road will be closed for South Mountain Freeway work, and at this point, that's the only closure scheduled for March 31st to April 3rd. 
Here's the specific information about the closure:
All Interstate 10 ramps to and from Pecos Road closed from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday (April 3) for a traffic shift as part of the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway construction project. Pecos Road also closed between 24th Street and I-10. No access from westbound Loop 202 (Santan Freeway) to Pecos Road. DETOUR: Please plan to use alternate routes, including Chandler Boulevard or Ray Road for access to or from I-10.

1/27: Weekend Closures

Interstate 10/between Interstate 17 "stack" and State Route 51

CLOSURE: Eastbound I-10 closed between I-17 “stack” interchange and SR 51 from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 28) for tunnel cleaning and maintenance. Both I-17 ramps to eastbound I-10 at Stack closed.
DETOUR: Eastbound I-10 traffic will detour to southbound I-17 and can reconnect with I-10 near Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

I-10/between I-17 "split" near Sky Harbor Airport and Seventh Avenue 

CLOSURE: Westbound Interstate 10 closed between I-17 “Split” interchange near Sky Harbor Airport and Seventh Avenue from 9 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday (Jan. 29) for tunnel cleaning and maintenance. Southbound State Route 51 ramp to westbound I-10 closed. Southbound I-17 ramp to westbound I-10 at Split interchange, including airport exit, closed. Westbound Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) ramp to westbound I-10 open but traffic must exit I-10 at Seventh Street and use local detour.
DETOUR: Westbound I-10 traffic near Sky Harbor Airport will detour to northbound I-17 and can reconnect with I-10 at Stack interchange north of Van Buren Street.

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