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Closures to hit freeways in Mesa and parts of Phoenix this weekend

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PHOENIX – Be on the lookout for significant freeway closures in Mesa, west Phoenix and north Phoenix this weekend.

Road work will impede traffic on the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway, Interstate 10 and the Loop 101 Pima Freeway from Friday evening until Monday morning, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Long segments of the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway across Mesa will be off-limits to drivers Saturday and Sunday because of pavement maintenance.

First, the northbound/westbound stretch from U.S. 60 to Higley Road, about 9 miles, will be closed for 24 hours starting at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. Both U.S. 60 ramps to northbound Loop 202 will also be out of commission.

Then the 11-mile westbound segment from Higley to Loop 101 in Tempe gets shut down for 24 hours starting at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.

Crews will reopen sections of the Red Mountain Freeway as work progresses.

Over on the west side, westbound I-10 will be closed between 35th and 67th avenues from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for paving work related to the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway project. Both I-17 ramps to westbound I-10 will also be closed, as will the westbound I-10 on-ramp at 27th Avenue.

Up north, the westbound Loop 101 Pima Freeway will be closed from State Route 51 to Cave Creek Road from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday as part of a freeway widening project. The westbound Loop 101 on-ramp at Tatum Boulevard and the northbound SR 51 ramp to westbound Loop 101 will also be closed.

There will also be a pair of surface street closures in the East Valley related to freeway projects this weekend.

Chandler Boulevard will be shut down in both directions at the Loop 101 Price Freeway from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday so bridge work for a freeway widening project can take place.

And in Ahwatukee, Desert Foothills Parkway will be closed between Glenhaven Drive and Pecos Road for construction related to the South Mountain Freeway.

The South Mountain Freeway is a 22-mile link between the East Valley and West Valley that bypasses downtown Phoenix. It’s expected to be completed in 2020.

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