The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is set to begin a significant widening and improvement project on Loop 101 this month. The project, focusing on the stretch between Shea Boulevard and Princess Drive/Pima Road, aims to enhance traffic flow and safety over the next two years.

As part of the construction, one additional lane will be added in each direction, along with modifications to several interchanges. To facilitate these upgrades, ADOT has announced temporary closures on both north- and southbound lanes during the weekends of January 5 and 12.

The first closure will affect the northbound section of Loop 101, from Shea Boulevard to Princess Drive/Pima Road, starting at 10 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 5, and lasting until 5 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 8. This closure will include the northbound on-ramps at Via de Ventura, Pima Road/90th Street, Shea Boulevard, Cactus Road, Raintree Drive, and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard. Detour routes will be clearly marked, with traffic allowed to re-enter the freeway at Princess Drive/Pima Road.

The following weekend, southbound Loop 101 will be closed from Princess Drive/Pima Road to Shea Boulevard. This closure begins at 10 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, and will reopen at 5 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 15. Affected on-ramps include Scottsdale Road, Hayden Road, Princess Drive/Pima Road, Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, Raintree Drive, and Cactus Road. As with the northbound closure, detour routes will be provided, allowing traffic to re-enter the freeway at Shea Boulevard.

This project marks a major step in improving one of Scottsdale’s key transportation arteries.

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