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Valley drivers get to enjoy no freeway closures for second straight weekend

(KTAR News Photo/Matt Bertram)

PHOENIX — It’ll be smooth sailing for drivers on Valley freeways once again as no closures are scheduled for a second consecutive weekend, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Drivers have been able to enjoy mostly restriction-free weekends on Valley freeways recently despite some major projects under construction, including the Loop 202 Ed Pastor Memorial Freeway.

Construction on the 22-mile extension will provide a link between the East Valley and West Valley and a much-needed alternative to Interstate 10 through downtown Phoenix and has affected Valley drivers for months on the weekends.

The freeway, which is expected to be completed in 2020, was renamed from the South Mountain Freeway in October to honor the late congressman.

A lane widening project on the Loop 101 Pima Freeway is another long-term endeavor that has hampered Valley drivers on the weekends.

The $185 million project will widen 13 miles of the Loop 101 between Interstate 17 and Pima Road.

The project started in February and is scheduled for completion in early 2021, according to ADOT.

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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