TUCSON, Ariz. — A two-year interchange project on Interstate 10 at Ruthrauff is set to begin on Feb. 14.
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, the new improvements include widening the freeway to four lanes, reconstructing frontage roads, and widening Ruthrauff Road and El Camino del Cerro to two lanes in each direction near I-10.
“We’re excited to build a safer interchange that also will mean no more traffic delays when trains pass by I-10,” said Rod Lane, ADOT’s Southeast District engineer. “While we understand projects this big can make it challenging for commuters and businesses, we want the community to know customers can still access those companies near the work zone through the entire project.”
By Feb. 16, the following closures will be in place:
· Ruthrauff Road and El Camino del Cerro will be closed to all traffic between Highway Drive/Davis Avenue and the business entrances west of I-10.
· All ramps between I-10 and Ruthrauff Road/El Camino del Cerro will close except for the westbound I-10 off-ramp, which will remain open to provide access to westbound I-10 frontage road businesses only.
· The eastbound frontage road will be converted to a two-way road south of Sunset Road. There will be no access to El Camino del Cerro from the frontage road.
· The eastbound frontage road will be converted to a two-way road northwest of Commerce Drive. There will be no access to or from El Camino del Cerro from the frontage road.
· The westbound frontage road will close northwest of Prince Road.
According to ADOT, utility relocation for the $129 million dollar project has been in progress for months.
ADOT says the new overpass will open to cross-traffic by fall 2021 and the interchange ramps will open later that year.
For more information, visit azdot.gov.