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Arizona anticipating grant for three highway projects

Haboo Dust Storms ArizonaSedona AZ (July 6, 2016) – Arizona is on track to receive a $54 million federal grant helping fund two key widening projects, and adding traffic-management technology that includes a dust storm detection and warning system, along Arizona Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson.

Members of Arizona’s congressional delegation have informed the Arizona Department of Transportation that the U.S. Department of Transportation has recommended awarding the FASTLANE grant under a program established by the 2015 FAST Act. This highly competitive program made $800 million in federal funds available to state departments of transportation.

Formal notification of FASTLANE grants is expected after a 60-day congressional review period.

“This is a major step forward as ADOT continually works to improve the I-10 corridor between Phoenix and Tucson,” ADOT Director John Halikowski said. “This corridor carries as many as 120,000 vehicles per day, and about 30 percent of those vehicles are trucks. It’s a highway that is vital to freight traffic and the need to keep Arizona competitive by accommodating daily business and travel needs.”

adot highwayThe anticipated award is for three projects on I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson:

• Realigning and widening four miles in the Picacho area to three lanes in each direction while reconstructing the interchange with State Route 87.
• Widening four miles between Interstate 8 and Earley Road to three lanes in each direction while upgrading ramps at Jimmie Kerr Boulevard near Casa Grande.
• Making technology enhancements to improve traffic management and safety, including remote sensors to provide early warning of approaching dust.

The total cost of the I-10 improvement projects is $157.5 million. ADOT will provide $103.5 million of that amount.

The U.S. Department of Transportation evaluated 212 applications from states requesting a total of $9.8 billion for transportation projects, more than 10 times the available funding.

The two I-10 widening projects in the FASTLANE grant are included in ADOT’s 2017-2021 Five-Year Transportation Facilities Construction Program, which the State Transportation Board adopted in June. These two projects were accelerated from ADOT’s six-to-10-year development program due to additional funding through the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act.

The 2017 budget signed by Governor Doug Ducey included $30 million toward the I-10 widening projects, money that will be used as part of ADOT’s matching funds.

“We appreciate Governor Ducey and the members of the Arizona Legislature for supporting critical transportation projects in the state,” Halikowski said. “As one of Arizona’s Key Commerce Corridors, I-10 is an important route for travelers, commerce and international trade. This combination of state and federal funding will be a tremendous help to modernizing the highway.”

Once the two I-10 widening projects are complete, ADOT will have reached its goal of widening the entire stretch of I-10 between Casa Grande and Tucson to a six-lane divided highway.

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  1. I-10 and Ina Road Project Begins says:

    Preliminary work for Ina Road interchange project begins Monday, July 11
    Project includes wider I-10 and Ina Road, bridge over railroad tracks

    An Arizona Department of Transportation project to make the interchange of Interstate 10 and Ina Road in Marana safer and easier to navigate kicks off next week, although significant roadway restrictions are still six months or more away.

    Beginning Monday, July 11, drivers on Ina Road and I-10 should expect occasional delays as crews improve frontage roads and make other changes to prepare for work that includes building a bridge and interchange carrying Ina over the Union Pacific railroad tracks as well as widening I-10 and Ina, northwest of Tucson.

    Among this early work:
    •Overnight utility work will narrow eastbound I-10 to one lane from Cortaro Road to Ina Road between 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, and 5 a.m. Thursday, July 14. The eastbound I-10 off-ramp at Ina will be closed during this time.
    •Westbound I-10 will be reduced to one lane between Orange Grove Road and Ina Road from 8 p.m. Thursday, July 14, to 5 a.m. Friday, July 15, with the westbound I-10 off-ramp at Ina closed during this time.
    •Ina Road will be narrowed to one lane in each direction overnight between the railroad tracks and Camino de la Cruz, a quarter mile to the east, on Wednesday and Thursday nights, July 13 and 14, as well as the following week (July 17-22) so crews can remove and repave the center median islands.

    Starting in early 2017, the $120 million project will require a roughly two-year closure of Ina Road as well as restrictions on I-10 for construction of the overpass and interchange.

    “This is a very important project for this area,” said Rod Lane, ADOT district engineer. “Not only will these improvements allow traffic to move more quickly through this area, but it also will be safer for drivers who no longer will have to cross the train tracks.”

    Drivers can expect lane closures to continue on the eastbound frontage road and Starcommerce Way from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily for utility work. Crews also will build a ramp connecting Ina Road with the eastbound frontage road as well as four crossover ramps, two north of Canyon del Oro Wash and two more north of Massingale Road.

    By the end of July, the westbound frontage road will close for the rest of 2016 while crews widen and improve the frontage road to handle westbound I-10 traffic when freeway construction begins in early 2017. Ina Road will be reduced to one lane in each direction during much of this work.

    Drivers may want to consider alternate routes to save time, including Cortaro Road to the north of Ina and Orange Grove Road to the south.

    The project is funded by the Regional Transportation Authority, managed by the Pima Association of Governments.

  2. Weekend Travel Advisory July 8-11 says:

    Weekend Travel Advisory
    July 8-11, 2016

    Drivers should be aware of the following restrictions:
    •Southbound Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) closed between McDonald Drive and McKellips Road from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday
    •Eastbound Interstate 10 closed between 99th and 83rd avenues from 10 p.m. Friday to noon Saturday
    •Westbound Interstate 10 ramp to northbound Loop 303 in Goodyear closed from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday

    View the Weekend Travel Advisory map in PDF format or visit our site for a complete listing of restrictions for this weekend.

  3. ADOT Weekend Traffic Update 15-22 says:

    Drivers should be aware of the following restrictions:

    Northbound Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) closed between McKellips and Chaparral roads from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday
    Westbound Interstate 10 ramp to northbound Loop 303 in Goodyear closed from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday
    Westbound Loop 202 (Santan Freeway) on-ramp at Cooper Road closed for one week from 10 p.m. Friday (July 15) to 10 p.m. Friday (July 22)

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