New I-10 ramps at Sarival Avenue in Goodyear to open to traffic this week

PHOENIX – A new way to access Interstate 10 in the Goodyear area will be available for drivers this week, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

ADOT plans to open the new eastbound I-10 on-ramp and westbound off-ramp at Sarival Avenue by early Thursday morning.

The new ramps are part of the ongoing ADOT project to build the freeway-to-freeway interchange that will link I-10 and Loop 303 by fall 2014.

Two additional I-10 ramps are scheduled to open at Citrus Road by late August. That will set the stage for the permanent closing of the I-10 on- and off-ramps at Cotton Lane and allow crews to continue work on the I-10/Loop 303 interchange.

Additional construction-related changes are scheduled as follows:

• By early September, Cotton Lane will be closed between Van Buren Street on the south and McDowell Road on the north. Drivers will be able to use Sarival Avenue or Citrus Road as primary north-south routes in the area. Local access will be maintained along Cotton Lane between Van Buren Street and Garfield Road.

• By late September, ADOT plans to close the stretch of Loop 303 between McDowell and Thomas Roads and detour traffic along a new section of Cotton Lane west of the freeway construction work zone. Traffic signals will be installed at McDowell Road and the new Cotton Lane intersection.

When the $134 million I-10/Loop 303 interchange project in Goodyear is completed, I-10 access to Cotton Lane will be maintained via frontage roads stretching between Sarival Avenue and Citrus Road.

ADOT is working on a series of ongoing projects that will modernize Loop 303 into a six-lane freeway between I-10 and Grand Avenue by late 2014.