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Construction vacation on Phoenix-area freeways ends this weekend

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PHOENIX – The road construction vacation is over, Valley drivers.

The Phoenix area has been mostly clear of freeway restrictions since Thanksgiving, but that’s coming to an end this weekend.

Motorists will have to contend with issues on the north, west and east sides in the coming days, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

There are several areas to watch at the Loop 101 Pima Freeway in north Phoenix.

Two surface streets – Cave Creek Road and 19th Avenue – will be closed in both directions at Loop 101 from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Sunday for a 13-mile widening project.

Both directions of Loop 101 will be reduced to two lanes between Seventh Avenue and Seventh Street from 9 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday as part of the same project.

On top of that, the eastbound on-ramp and westbound off-ramp at Seventh Avenue will close for approximately three months starting at 9 p.m. Sunday.

In the West Valley, the Interstate 10 HOV lanes in both directions between Avondale Boulevard and Dysart Road will close from 9 p.m. Sunday until mid-February for bridge construction of a new interchange at Fairway Drive.

In the East Valley, the Loop 101 Price Freeway and U.S. 60 will see several restrictions.

The southbound Loop 101 will be narrowed to two lanes from Baseline to Guadalupe roads from 9 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday for a widening project and to reopen the Guadalupe off-ramp, which has been closed since November.

The eastbound US 60 ramp to southbound Loop 101 and the Loop 101 southbound on-ramp at Baseline Road will also be closed overnight Sunday into Monday.

A few miles to the south, the southbound Loop 101 will be narrowed to two lanes from Chandler Boulevard to the Loop 202 Santan Freeway and the southbound Loop 101 exit to Price Road will be closed from 10 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday.

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