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Loop 303 Connection Takes Shape
With each passing week, the massive Loop 303/I-10 freeway interchange being built by the Arizona Department of Transportation looks more like a route to work or home than the dirt, concrete and steel used to build it.
By late 2014, the project is expected to be open. Until then, Goodyear commuters will have to keep an eye out for changes in local traffic necessary to make the project a reality.
If you haven’t already experienced some of these changes, they are worth repeating, especially if you want to avoid delays or frustrations of congestion in construction zones.
To make room for the $134 million Loop 303 interchange, drivers now have some new
ways to access I-10 here in Goodyear. ADOT has opened new on- and off-ramps at Sarival Avenue and Citrus Road. These new ramps allowed for the scheduled permanent closure of the on- and off-ramps at Cotton Lane.
Over the remaining two years of work, the project also requires a temporary closure of Cotton Lane between Van Buren Street on the south and McDowell Road on the north beginning at the end of August. Sarival Avenue and Citrus Road are serving as the primary north-south routes in the area. Local access will be maintained along Cotton Lane between Van Buren Street and Garfield Street.
By mid-September, ADOT plans to close the stretch of Loop 303 between McDowell and Thomas Roads and detour traffic along a new section of Cotton Lane west of the freeway construction work zone. Traffic signals will be in place at McDowell Road and the new Cotton Lane intersection.
When the entire project in Goodyear is completed, I-10 access to Cotton Lane will be maintained via frontage roads stretching between Sarival Avenue and Citrus Road.
ADOT is working on a series of ongoing projects that also will modernize Loop 303 into a six-lane freeway between I-10 and Grand Avenue by late 2014.
In the future, Goodyear residents can look ahead to a five-mile segment of Loop 303 through one of the city’s emerging jobs corridors south of I-10. The Maricopa Association of Governments Council voted to include the I-10 to MC 85 stretch in the Regional Transportation Plan, with construction expected to begin in 2017.
Please call the ADOT Project Hotline at 855-712-8530 or go to
azdot.gov/loop303 for more information about the Loop 303/I-10 Interchange.
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