Three new west­bound In­ter­state 10 lanes open this week

The Arizona Republic - - Valley & State - Bayan Wang

West­bound trav­el­ers on In­ter­state 10 south of Casa Grande now will be able to use three new lanes, part of a year­long pro­ject to widen a 4-mile stretch of the I-10 in Pi­nal County.

The new lanes start at Mile­post 213 and re­con­nect with I-10 lanes near Mile­post 209, the Ari­zona Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion said in a state­ment.

The pro­ject also will in­clude new east­bound lanes in about a month.

The pro­ject is part of a larger ADOT ef­fort to ex­pand I-10 from two to three lanes in each di­rec­tion be­tween Casa Grande and Tuc­son by the end of next year.

Last year, crews be­gan clear­ing ground just south of Eloy for the pro­ject. The work also will in­clude a new in­ter­change with State Route 87 and in­stal­la­tion of a new dust-de­tec­tion sys­tem de­signed to warn mo­torists of dan­ger­ous con­di­tions when storms move through, of­fi­cials said.

The sys­tem will ad­just speed lim­its on elec­tronic signs along the high­way as con­di­tions be­come more hazardous, grad­u­ally drop­ping speeds from 75 to 35 mph de­pend­ing on con­di­tions.

The pro­ject is funded through a $54 mil­lion fed­eral grant, the Trans­porta­tion Depart­ment said. Crews are ex­pected to fin­ish the pro­ject by sum­mer. In Oc­to­ber, ADOT of­fi­cials said the agency had agreed with the Gila River In­dian Com­mu­nity to work on a study along with the Mari­copa As­so­ci­a­tion of Gov­ern­ments on pos­si­ble widen­ing I-10 south of the Phoenix area, where a 23-mile stretch crosses the reser­va­tion be­tween the Val­ley and Casa Grande. That stretch is now two lanes in each di­rec­tion.

The study is ex­pected to take about 18 months to com­plete, of­fi­cials said.

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