The Arizona Department of Transportation is preparing to open three new southbound Loop 303 lanes south of Grand Avenue to Peoria Avenue in the Surprise area by Monday morning (July 15).
Drivers have temporarily been using the northbound side of the upgraded freeway for two-way traffic while crews have been building the new southbound lanes in that area.
Loop 303 will be closed in both directions between Grand and Peoria avenues from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday to allow crews to do the necessary work to open the new southbound lanes, including installation of pavement markings. North-south traffic can detour along Reems Road.
While the new southbound Loop 303 lanes between Grand and Peoria avenues will open by Monday, northbound Loop 303 will continue to operate with one traffic lane for approximately two months until a layer of quiet rubberized asphalt can be added in September. Rubberized asphalt was recently added to the new southbound lanes.
The Loop 303 work also will require some cross-street restrictions near the freeway this weekend and over the next two weeks while crews work along ramps and within intersections. Local business access will be maintained. Work schedules are subject to change due to inclement weather.
Initial cross-street closures between Sarival Avenue and Cotton Lane and ramp closures are scheduled as follows:
• Bell Road closed from 9 p.m. Friday to approximately 7 a.m. Saturday (July 13)
• Waddell Road closed from 2 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m. Saturday (July 13)
• Greenway Road closed from 4 p.m. Saturday to approximately 6 a.m. Sunday (July 14)
• Northbound Loop 303 off- and on-ramps at Greenway Road will remain closed until the week of July 22 for additional construction
• Cactus Road and the northbound Loop 303 ramps at Cactus closed from 11 p.m. Saturday until the week of July 22 for additional construction
The work is part of a $129 million project to improve Loop 303 into a six-lane freeway between Grand and Peoria avenues by this fall. Other Loop 303 projects south of Peoria to I-10 also are underway, with all construction scheduled for completion by fall 2014.