Happy Friday! We have a list of closures around the I-10 for your weekend commute. Please drive safe, and drive smart! Have a great weekend, Arizona!
I-17/ I-10 Split and 19th Avenue
RESTRICTION: Interstate 17 narrowed to one lane in either direction in areas between the I-10/I-17 “Split” interchange near Sky Harbor Airport and 19th Avenue from 10 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday (July 25) for new pavement-marker installation.
DETOUR: Consider using I-10 in downtown Phoenix area as alternate route.
I-10/ Dysart Road and Sarival Avenue
RESTRICTION: Westbound Interstate 10 narrowed to one lane in areas between Dysart Road and Sarival Avenue from 10 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday (July 27) for new pavement-marker installation.
DETOUR: Please allow extra travel time and use caution in work zone.
I-10 Arizona//California Bridge Situation:
Arizona drivers heading to California on Interstate 10 should find the road west of Blythe, Calif., open by noon Friday, but transportation officials recommend taking alternate routes if possible.
The eastbound side of the Tex Wash Bridge on I-10 west of Blythe washed out during an epic rainstorm Sunday, stranding hundreds of drivers and forcing lengthy detours throughout the week.
The road gets an estimated 27,000 drivers daily on average.
People leaving metro Phoenix after about 9 a.m. Friday should find the road open, while those leaving earlier will need to take detours in Quartzsite, Blythe or near the collapsed bridge in Desert Center.
“Everything is on schedule,” Caltrans spokeswoman Tyeisha Prunty said.
Granite Construction Inc., which received the emergency repair contract, brought dozens of workers and heavy equipment to the site this week to shore up the westbound bridge, which did not wash out but was threatened by the storm.
Crews also are cutting and paving two areas where eastbound I-10 travelers will merge into a single lane, cross the median and traverse the bridge normally only used for westbound traffic.
Westbound drivers will merge into a single lane before the bridge as well.
There will be no restrictions on types of vehicles allowed to use the crossovers, Prunty said.
Merging traffic in both directions is expected to create delays, so Caltrans recommends alternate routes if possible, Prunty said.
Drivers heading from Arizona to Los Angeles add about 40 miles to their trip by exiting the I-10 west of Blythe onto California 177 and traveling west on California 62, but they also trade 75 mph speed limits and two-lane interstate for smaller roads.