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Pecos Road intersection closing for 4 months for freeway construction

May 11, 2019, 4:05 AM | Updated: May 12, 2019, 4:36 pm
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PHOENIX — The intersection at Pecos Road and 40th Street will close for four months as more traffic shifts onto the future South Mountain Freeway, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The 22-mile South Mountain Freeway, expected to be finished in 2020, will connect the East Valley and West Valley with a route that bypasses downtown Phoenix.

Pecos Road traffic will move onto the freeway’s future westbound lanes between 32nd Street and the Interstate 10/Loop 202 Santan Freeway interchange beginning at 5 a.m. on May 13.

The 2-mile stretch of South Mountain Freeway will be open to two lanes of traffic in both directions with a 40 mph speed limit.

To set up for the shift, 40th Street north of Pecos Road will be closed at 7 p.m. Sunday.

The intersection at 40th Street and Pecos Road is expected to reopen in September once crews complete the interchange ramps, cross-street improvements and traffic signals.

The 40th Street/Pecos park-and-ride will remain open during the closure via 40th Street north of Cottonwood Lane.

ADOT and Connect 202 Partners, the freeway’s developer, scheduled this closure for the summer in order to minimize impacts on schools and special events traffic, according to a press release.

Once traffic is moved onto the South Mountain Freeway, Pecos Road will be permanently closed east of 32nd Street.

ADOT provides real-time highway conditions online, on Twitter or over the phone at 511.

Drivers can also get alerts and alternate route notifications via ADOT’s mobile app.

Get the latest KTAR News 92.3 FM traffic alerts sent straight to your phone by texting “TRAFFIC” to 411923. 

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Pecos Road intersection closing for 4 months for freeway construction