Weekend road work will force drivers off a 3-mile stretch of the Loop 101 freeway in Scottsdale and slow down along another portion.
State transportation officials advise motorists to consider other routes to avoid the weekend’s biggest project between Tatum Boulevard and Cave Creek Road in north Scottsdale. Westbound lanes and on-ramps along that stretch of the freeway were shut down 9 p.m. Friday and will remain closed until 11 p.m. today . Eastbound lanes will be closed 11 p.m. today to 5 a.m. Monday.
That work is part of a $40.2 million project to add high-occupancy vehicle lanes along a 7-mile stretch of state Route 51 from Shea Boulevard to Loop 101, Arizona Department of Transportation spokesman Doug Nintzel said. Crews need to adjust the work zone for a bridge between the freeways.
“Part of that project does involve building a bridge that carries the car-pool lanes between the state Route 51 and the Loop 101 toward Scottsdale,” Nintzel said. “Our best recommendation is to exit well in advance of the closure and use local streets to get beyond the restriction, or you might consider using other freeways this weekend.”
Also, northbound Loop 101 will be restricted to two lanes between Indian Bend and Via de Ventura in Scottsdale from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.
The right lane will be closed as crews pour foundations for poles that will eventually hold cameras to monitor traffic flow and complete other electrical work, Nintzel said.
While there may be some overnight restrictions, ADOT isn’t anticipating any more full closures of Loop 101 until after the Super Bowl on Feb. 3, he said.
Motorists driving in north Tempe this morning should also note they won’t be able to get on or off Loop 202 on the west side of Scottsdale Road. The eastbound off-ramp and westbound on-ramp will be closed from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to accommodate the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.