Construction will close two sections of Loop 101 this weekend, making it difficult to get south to north without getting stuck in traffic jams.
The northbound lanes will close at the interchange with the Red Mountain Freeway stretch of Loop 202, and the southbound lanes will close from Scottsdale Road to Tatum Boulevard.
Both sections will close from 9 p.m. today to 5 a.m. Monday. The closures will allow crews to pave the freeway with rubberized asphalt.
So if you live in, say, Chandler and plan a trip to Flagstaff this weekend, you’d want to stay off Loop 101.
"Coming back from northern Arizona you’ll be fine, but if you have plans to head in that direction as of Friday night, we’d recommend using an alternate route," said Doug Nintzel, a spokesman for the Arizona Department of Transportation.
The freeway could back up at the closures.
The closure at the Loop 202 interchange will leave all ramps open. Drivers who do want to continue north on 101 should exit on eastbound Loop 202. Continue to Dobson Road, exit and re-enter the westbound lanes of Loop 202. Take that to the ramp for northbound Loop 101.
But southbound drivers farther north will face more delays. Traffic could back up for miles, so ADOT recommends exiting at Bell Road or another street ahead of the closure.
Also this weekend, ADOT plans two closures on state Route 51. The southbound lanes will close from McDowell to Interstate 10 from 9 p.m. today to 9 p.m. Saturday. And northbound lanes will close from Greenway to Bell roads from 9 p.m. today to 5 a.m. Saturday.