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Valley freeway closures shouldn’t hinder Super Bowl party plans

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2018, file photo, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, right, catches a pass during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Tennessee Titans in Foxborough, Mass. Gronkowski says he expects to play in Sunday's Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

PHOENIX — The Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots will face off in the 52nd Super Bowl in Minnesota on Sunday.

But for those in the Phoenix-area who have special plans for the big day, no worries: Your commute should not be hindered by any scheduled freeway closures or restrictions.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there will only be two restrictions and two closures on Phoenix-area freeways during the weekend of Feb. 2, but they are expected to be restored to normal by 5 a.m. Sunday.

The southbound Loop 101 will be narrowed to two lanes between Thunderbird Road and Grand Avenue in Peoria from 10 p.m. on Friday to 10 a.m. on Saturday for barrier wall repairs. The northbound Loop 101 HOV lane will also be closed in the same area.

The westbound Loop 202 ramp to northbound Loop 101 in the East Valley will be closed overnight from 9 p.m. on Friday to 5 a.m. on Saturday for freeway lighting maintenance.

The Loop 202 will be briefly closed overnight in 15-minute intervals between Van Buren Street and Priest Drive from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. on Sunday for overhead utility line installation. The eastbound Loop 202 on-ramp at Van Buren Street and westbound on-ramp at Priest Drive will be closed when freeway traffic is temporarily stopped.

The westbound Loop 202 will be narrowed to one lane overnight between Power and Higley roads from 10 p.m. on Saturday to 3 a.m. on Sunday for guardrail installation project.

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