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Friday, March 22, 2016

Westbound Interstate 10 east of Tucson to close overnight March 22

Bridge replacement project will require 67-mile detour

A bridge replacement project on westbound Interstate 10 between Tucson and Benson will require a 67-mile detour overnight from 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, to 5 a.m. Wednesday, March 23.

Westbound I-10 motorists, traveling toward Tucson, should expect up to two additional hours of travel time and consider avoiding the stretch if possible.

Eastbound I-10 will remain open.

It's the first of two planned closures this spring to allow crews to replace the bridge at Davidson Canyon, between State Route 83 east of Tucson (Exit 281) and State Route 90 west of Benson (Exit 302).

The full westbound closures are needed to allow crews to safely set girders and pour new bridge decks. The concrete girders, which are 119 feet long and weigh 45,000 pounds each, are lifted off truck beds and put in place by a crane.

Detour signs will guide westbound I-10 motorists south on SR 90 (Exit 302), west on SR 82 to Sonoita and north on SR 83 to reconnect with I-10 at Exit 281.

The $15.1 million improvement project includes replacing the bridge at Davidson Canyon, which was built in 1961 near milepost 285, and repaving three segments of I-10, totaling 17 miles between Tucson and Benson.

ADOT will provide advance notice of the next closure, which will be overnight during April and will not affect weekend or holiday travel.

Paving work, which is on a winter shutdown, is expected to resume in early April.

ADOT advises drivers to proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.

ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule. To stay up-to-date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at www.az511.gov or call 511.

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Monday, March 7 until Friday, March 11

Continuing deck repair work on the Interstate 10 bridge at Empirita Road east of Tucson will require ramp closures all next week.

The Arizona Department of Transportation is making repairs to the deck of the bridge at Exit 292 in Cochise County, requiring the following restrictions and detours all next week:

  • The eastbound I-10 off ramp at Empirita Road will be closed around the clock from Monday (March 7) at 6 a.m. until Friday (March 11) at 4 p.m. During this closure, eastbound motorists can continue traveling on I-10 to Mescal Road/J-Six Ranch (Exit 297), exit and return to Empirita road, where the westbound off ramp will remain open.
  • The westbound I-10 on ramp at Empirita Road will be closed around the clock from Monday (March 7) at 6 a.m. until Friday (March 11) at 4 p.m. During this closure, motorists wishing to access westbound I-10 can take east bound I-10 to Mescal/J-Six, exit and return to westbound I-10.
  • The eastbound I-10 on ramp at Mescal Road/J-Six Ranch (Exit 297) will be closed daily from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m. Wednesday (March 9) through Friday (March 11). During this closure, motorists can enter westbound I-10 at Mescal/J-Six, exit at Empirita Road and return to eastbound I-10.

The work is part of a $15.1 million project to improve a 17-mile segment of I-10 between Tucson and Benson and replace the westbound I-10 bridge spanning Davidson Canyon. The work is scheduled for completion in June 2016.

ADOT advises drivers to proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.

ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule. To stay up-to-date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at www.az511.gov or call 511.

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November 9, 2015 Travel Restrictions Update

Westbound Interstate 10 east of Tucson to close overnight November 17.

First of six planned closures for bridge project will require 67-mile detour.

A bridge replacement project on westbound Interstate 10 between Benson and Tucson will require a 67-mile detour from 9 pm Tuesday (Nov. 17) to 5 am Wednesday (Nov 18).

Motorists traveling westbound on I-10 should expect up to two additional hours of travel time and consider avoiding the stretch if possible.

Eastbound I-10 will remain open.

This is the first of six planned closures to allow crews to replace the bridge at Davidson Canyon, which is located between State Route 83 (Exit 281) east of Tucson and State Route 90 (Exit 302) west of Benson.

Detour signs will guide westbound I-10 motorists south on SR 90 (Exit 302), west on State Route 82 to Sonoita and north on State Route 83 to connect with I-10 at Exit 281.

The $15.1 million project, which includes replacing the bridge at Davidson Canyon - located approximately 20 miles east of Tucson, will also include repaving three segments of I-10 totaling approximately 17 miles of interstate between Tucson and Benson.

The six full westbound closures are needed to allow crews to set girders and pour new bridge decks. The project is replacing a bridge built in 1961near mile post 285.

ADOT will provide advance notice of subsequent closures, which will all be overnight and will not affect weekend or holiday travel.

For more information about this project, please visit azdot.gov/projects/south-central/I-10-quad-projects.

ADOT advises drivers to proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.

ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule. To stay up-to-date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at www.az511.gov or call 511.

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October 8, 2015 I-10 Travel Restrictions Update

Motorists traveling on Interstate 10 in southeastern Arizona can expect travel restrictions next week while the Arizona Department of Transportation prepares to repave approximately 17 miles of interstate between Tucson and Benson.

The following restrictions are scheduled between 6 am and 6 pm on I-10 the week of October 12 - 16:

  • Left lane closures on eastbound I-10 will occur daily between Monday (October 12) and Friday (October 16) between mileposts 296 and 300 in western Cochise County. The restrictions will be limited to one mile in length and will move to different locations as maintenance work on the shoulder progresses. The posted speed limit will be reduced to 55 mph.
  • On Tuesday (October 13), lane restrictions will be in effect on eastbound I-10 between mileposts 282 and 284 in eastern Pima County for survey work.
  • On Wednesday (October 14), lane restrictions will be in effect on westbound I-10 near the Marsh Station traffic interchange, between mileposts 291-293.
  • On Thursday (October 15), lane restrictions will be in effect on westbound I-10 east of the junction with State Route 83, between mileposts 284-286.

Paving operations in these areas are scheduled to begin in late October. The project also includes on-going work to replace the westbound I-10 bridge over Davidson Canyon, where a lane closure will remain in effect near milepost 285 until June 2016.

ADOT advises drivers to proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.

ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule. To stay up-to-date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at www.az511.gov or call 511.


 

August 20, 2015

ADOT to repave several sections of Interstate 10 between Tucson and Benson

Westbound I-10 bridge at Davidson Canyon east of Tucson to be replaced.

As part of a $15.2 million improvement project in southern Arizona, the Arizona Department of Transportation will replace approximately 17 miles of pavement along Interstate 10 to provide a smoother roadway between Tucson and Benson. In addition, ADOT will replace the westbound I-10 Davidson Canyon bridge, located approximately 15 miles east Tucson. Work will begin next week.

Motorists can expect daily traffic restrictions along both directions of I-10 from Wednesday, August 19, through Friday, August 21, from 6 am - 4 pm between mileposts 284-287 to allow crews to construct a paved median crossover near the Davidson Canyon bridge to connect the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-10.

The first phase of the project will include the replacement of the Davidson Canyon westbound bridge, which was originally constructed in 1961 near milepost 285.

Once the construction of the crossover is complete, the bridge will be demolished and replaced one half at a time. The bridge portion of the project is scheduled to be complete in spring of 2016.

During the bridge replacement work, westbound I-10 will be reduced to a single lane at all times and periodic overnight closures of westbound I-10 will be necessary during some phases of construction (eastbound traffic will not be affected). The occasional full closures of westbound I-10 will require a 67-mile detour, using State Route 90, State Route 82 and State Route 83 to return to westbound I-10.

ADOT will provide information in advance of the full closures of westbound I-10.

In addition to the bridge work, ADOT will repave three sections of I-10 between Tucson and Benson, beginning with a seven-mile stretch (mileposts 281-288) from the Kolb Road interchange to east of the SR 83 junction. Paving operations are scheduled to begin in October and be completed by the end of the year.

The next phase of the project will include resurfacing a five-mile segment of I-10 east of Marsh Station Road (mileposts 291-296). Work is expected to begin in December and be completed by the end of January 2016.

The final segment of pavement replacement will be from west of the Mescal/J-Six Ranch Road traffic interchange to west of the SR 90 interchange in Cochise County from mileposts 296-301. Work on this section will begin next spring.

All pavement and bridge replacement work is expected to be completed by June 2016.

ADOT advises drivers to proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.

ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule. To stay up-to-date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at www.az511.gov or call 511.

Last updated 3/11/2016 1:23:57 PM
 
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