Signs of progress are underway on the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway project as crews relocate utilities so construction can begin.
The first phase of Arizona Department of Transportation work on the I-10/Loop 202 interchange at 59th Avenue will begin next year.
Other improvements along the freeway will include widening I-10 from 43rd to 75th Avenue with auxiliary lanes in both directions, plus access roads to improve traffic flow between 51st and 67th Avenue.
Eight siphons for water must be excavated and moved before construction begins. Crews are placing a 42-inch concrete pipe inside a larger casing beneath the freeway.
Lane and ramp restrictions will occur through early 2017 in the area during this project. Drivers should proceed with caution.
The 22-mile South Mountain Freeway is expected to be open for traffic by late 2019 as a much-needed alternate to Interstate 10 through downtown Phoenix.
Construction on the South Mountain Freeway began several months ago September, improving the I-10/Loop 202 interchange.
For more information about the freeway project and estimated timelines for various portions of the project, visit SouthMountainFreeway.com.