ADOT: Freeway restrictions this weekend (8/5-8/7)

Improvement projects will require restrictions along Phoenix-area freeways this weekend (Aug. 5-8). Project schedules are subject to change due to inclement weather. The Arizona Department of Transportation recommends drivers allow extra travel time, use caution and consider alternate routes while the following scheduled restrictions are in place: Interstate 10 on- and off-ramps at University Drive/32nd […]

Weekend Travel Advisory – June 24 through 27

Improvement projects will require closures and lane restrictions along Phoenix-area freeways this weekend (June 24-27). Southbound Loop 101 will be closed or restricted in two locations in the East Valley and the Arizona Department of Transportation recommends drivers use alternate routes. The following are among this weekend’s freeway restrictions in the Valley: Southbound Loop 101 […]

Independent acquires four West Valley newspapers

Four West Valley newspapers – the Daily News-Sun, Glendale Today, Peoria Today, Surprise Today – have been purchased by Independent Newsmedia Inc., which also publishes weeklies in a number of other communities around the Valley. Included in the purchase from 1013 Communications is the YourWestValley.com website. “We are so excited to welcome these products and […]

Photos: Scenic Mesa

Please enjoy these photographs submitted by readers of the Mesa Independent newspaper. The Independent encourages residents to submit their favorite scenic or wildlife photos taken within the community, with a short description of the shot, for publication with photo credit. Do not use a filter on submitted photos. Send submissions with your name to mesanews@newszap.com.

Weekend Travel Advisory (4/1-4/4)

Drivers should be aware of the following restrictions: Southbound Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) closed between Thomas and McKellips roads from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday (April 4) for rubberized asphalt paving. Southbound Loop 101 on-ramps at Chaparral and Indian School roads closed. DETOUR: Please consider alternate routes to avoid heavy traffic. Southbound Loop […]

ADOT gives a Christmas gift: No holiday closures

Arizona drivers heading to holiday destinations will not encounter any freeway closures for construction work this weekend. Drivers should be aware of the following safety tips: Check your vehicle ahead of time, including tire pressure, fluid levels and the condition of engine belts. Get a good night’s rest before heading out on a trip. Drowsy driving […]

Mesa chamber hosts networking groups

The Mesa Chamber of Commerce has  regional networking groups that meet weekly for updates, including discussion of business referrals and promotion opportunities. East Mesa groups include: •Superstition Region, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Wednesdays. •Gateway Region, 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays. •Falcon Region, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Tuesdays. For more information on joining a group, contact Dave Barnes at Mesa Chamber of […]

Weekend freeway travel advisory for Dec. 4-7

I-17 frontage roads closed between Van Buren Street, 19th Avenue

Expect Loop 101 overnight restrictions in two areas

PHOENIX – Freeway-improvement projects will require some lane and frontage road restrictions, as well as ramp closures, in the Phoenix area this weekend (Dec. 4-7). The Arizona Department of Transportation recommends drivers plan ahead, consider alternate routes or adjust travel schedules and use caution in work zones while the following restrictions are in place:

Interstate 17 frontage roads closed in either direction in areas between 19th Avenue (near the Durango Curve) and Van Buren Street from 10 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 10 p.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 6) for pavement markings installation. I-17 on- and off-ramps in the area also closed at times. Adams, Jefferson and Grant streets as well as Buckeye Road also closed at times at I-17. DETOUR: Consider using 19th or 27th avenues as alternate north-south routes. Van Buren Street is an alternate east-west route.

Southbound Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) narrowed to two lanes overnight at McDonald Drive from 10 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday (Dec. 6) for widening project. DETOUR: Please allow extra travel time and be prepared to slow down and merge safely in work zone.

Eastbound Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) narrowed to one lane and westbound Loop 101 narrowed to two lanes overnight near State Route 51 from 9 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday (Dec. 7) for bridge project. Oversized (wide) loads not allowed on eastbound Loop 101 due to 11-foot lane restriction. DETOUR: Please allow extra travel time and be prepared to slow down and merge safely in work zones.

US 60 narrowed with intersection restrictions in areas between Mountain View Road and the highway crossover east of Kings Ranch Road in Gold Canyon (east of Apache Junction) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday (Dec. 7-9) for pavement improvements. DPS officers will be on scene to help direct traffic. DETOUR: Drivers are urged to allow extra travel time and to be prepared to use other nearby intersections or crossover locations when turning movements are restricted by paving work.

Southbound Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) off-ramp at McDonald Drive will close for approximately three months starting at 10 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 6) while crews add a retaining wall and reconstruct the ramp as part of widening project. DETOUR: Please consider exiting southbound Loop 101 at Indian Bend or Chaparral roads.

Restrictions on 101, 202 and US60 this weekend

Freeway-improvement projects will require lane restrictions and ramp closures in the Phoenix area this weekend (Nov. 20-23). The Arizona Department of Transportation recommends drivers plan ahead, consider alternate routes or adjust travel schedules and use caution in work zones while the following restrictions are in place:

· US 60 (Superstition Freeway) narrowed to two lanes in each direction between Ellsworth and Signal Butte roads from 11 p.m. Friday to 3 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 21) for maintenance. DETOUR: Please allow extra travel time and be prepared to merge safely in work zone.

· Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) narrowed to three lanes in each direction in areas between Gilbert and Power roads from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 21) for permanent lane striping as part of widening project. DETOUR: Please be prepared to slow down, merge safely and watch for crews and equipment in work zone.

· Eastbound Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) ramp to southbound State Route 51 (Piestewa Freeway) closed overnight from 9 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday (Nov. 23) for bridge work. Eastbound Loop 101 also narrowed to two lanes near State Route 51. DETOUR: Drivers can reach southbound State Route 51 by exiting at Cave Creek Road or Tatum Boulevard and traveling south to Union Hills Drive. Use Union Hills Drive to reach State Route 51.

· Southbound Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) off- and on-ramps and northbound off-ramp at Shea Boulevard closed overnight from 10 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday (Nov. 23) for widening project. DETOUR: Please plan ahead and use ramps at adjacent interchanges, including Cactus Road and 90th Street.

Additional freeway-restriction information will be listed on ADOT’s website, azdot.gov, under ADOT News. Visit the site to also subscribe to ADOT email updates, including weekend restriction information.

For a complete list of highway and freeway restrictions in the Phoenix area and around the state, visit ADOT’s Travel Information site at az511.gov or call 5-1-1. Another great way to find out more about ADOT’s projects and programs to improve Arizona’s transportation system is the ADOT blog at azdot.gov/blog.

ADOT plans and constructs new freeways, additional lanes and other improvements as part of the Regional Transportation Plan for the Maricopa County region. The primary funding source for regional freeway improvements is a half-cent sales tax approved by county voters in 2004. More information about ADOT projects and the regional plan is available at azdot.gov/PhoenixMetro.

Governor’s Office of Highway Safety grants boost ADOT crash data efforts

Grants from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety are enabling the Arizona Department of Transportation to improve collection of crash data from law enforcement agencies around the state.

Grants of $508,600 for federal fiscal year 2015 and $106,000 for federal fiscal year 2016 continue to address what had been a cumbersome process of manually reviewing volumes of documents received and then entering them in a database. ADOT is responsible under state law for compiling crash data and creating comprehensive reports from it that government agencies, nonprofit groups and other entities statewide use to improve traffic safety.

The grant funding is allowing ADOT to help more agencies make use of an online system for submitting crash data.

“The grant awards received from the GOHS supports ADOT’s initiative to improve the process of collecting crash data,” ADOT Director John Halikowski said in a press release. “ADOT is proud to be at the forefront through the use of technology to process the crash data received from reporting law enforcement agencies and create vital reports that become the source for making Arizona streets and highways safer.”