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Eastbound I-10 switching to new lanes at Eloy on Monday night

Eastbound traffic on Interstate 10 in Eloy will move to new pavement Monday night, another step forward for the $58 million project widening four miles of I-10 between Tucson and Phoenix, officials said.

Overnight, eastbound traffic will be re-routed to the future westbound lanes for about the next four months, separated from westbound traffic by concrete barrier, while Arizona Department of Transportation crews build new eastbound lanes.

On Tuesday, ADOT crews will reopen State Route 87 between I-10 and Milligan Road and open three ramps connecting with SR 87 – the westbound I-10 on- and off-ramps and a temporary eastbound off-ramp. Drivers exiting I-10 will only be able to drive north on SR 87.

The project includes widening I-10 to three lanes in each direction between mileposts 209 and 213, constructing a new interchange with SR 87 and creating a first-of-its-kind dust detection zone between mileposts 209 and 219.

The lane switch follows by a few days a similar change on I-10 in Casa Grande, where a $36 million project is widening 4 miles between Earley Road and Interstate 8 (mileposts 196-200) to three lanes in each direction. Last Friday, traffic in both directions moved to new lanes located in what had been the freeway’s median, including new bridges over Jimmie Kerr Boulevard.

ADOT crews on Monday began removing the old bridges over Jimmie Kerr Boulevard, which will be closed at I-10 this week to allow for the work. The westbound I-10 off-ramp and the eastbound I-10 on-ramp are closed and will remain closed until summer.

After completion of these the two projects, located about 10 miles apart in Pinal County, I-10 will be a six-lane freeway all the way between Casa Grande and Tucson. Funded in part by a $54 million federal FASTLANE grant, the projects are expected to be complete by late summer or early fall of this year.

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An aerial view of the I-10/SR 87 interchange, taken in December.