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As part of ongoing efforts to enhance traffic flow and accommodate increasing traffic volumes, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), in collaboration with the city of Scottsdale, is continuing its project to widen Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) between Princess Drive/Pima Road and Shea Boulevard. The project, aimed at improving traffic flow on both Loop 101 and adjacent cross streets, involves significant construction activities, including ramp closures and modifications to existing interchanges.

The Loop 101 widening project entails adding one general-purpose lane in each direction between Princess Drive/Pima Road and Shea Boulevard. Additionally, several interchanges are being modified to enhance traffic flow and safety.

Ramp Closures
The construction schedule includes several ramp closures to facilitate the necessary modifications and improvements. Each closure is expected to last approximately 60 days. The following is the current schedule of starting dates for ramp closures through early August:
• Princess Drive/Pima Road Northbound On-Ramp: Currently closed and scheduled to reopen in late August.
• Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard Northbound Loop 101 On-Ramp: Scheduled to be closed for 60 days beginning at 1 a.m. Monday, July 8, for ramp reconstruction. ADOT advises drivers to use the northbound Loop 101 frontage road to access westbound Loop 101 at Princess Drive/Pima Road as a detour.
• Princess Drive/Pima Road Northbound Off-Ramp: Closure starting July 22.
• Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard Southbound Loop 101 On-Ramp: Closure starting Aug. 5.

Plan Ahead
ADOT advises drivers to plan for these closures and consider alternative routes to minimize delays. The department will provide updates and detour information to help motorists navigate the construction zones safely and efficiently.

The Loop 101 widening project is a significant step towards improving traffic flow and accommodating the growing transportation needs of Scottsdale. While the construction activities may cause temporary inconveniences, the long-term benefits will enhance the overall driving experience in the area.

For more information and updates on the Loop 101 widening project,