10-week closure of Hawes Road exit on Loop 202 starts Monday - East Valley Tribune: Mesa

10-week closure of Hawes Road exit on Loop 202 starts Monday

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Posted: Sunday, May 5, 2013 5:00 am | Updated: 7:39 am, Wed May 8, 2013.

Construction of the first segment of State Route 24, the Valley’s newest freeway, remains on schedule for completion by the end of the year, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

On Monday, May 6, crews will close the westbound Loop 202 exit ramp at Hawes Road for approximately ten weeks as work advances on part of the freeway-to-freeway interchange linking State Route 24 with Loop 202.

Drivers can use the westbound exit at Power Road to access Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport while the off-ramp at Hawes Road is closed.

Sections of two elevated SR 24 ramps will be built while the westbound Loop 202 off-ramp at Hawes Road is closed. The exit at Hawes is expected to reopen in July.

The $71.4 million SR 24 project will complete the first segment of the “Gateway Freeway” between Loop 202 and Ellsworth Road. Crews recently completed work to improve Ellsworth Road in the area where it will connect with SR 24.

Work on the SR 24 project started in March 2012. The City of Mesa issued bonds in order to accelerate the project by four years. It is funded as part of the Maricopa Association of Governments’ 20-year Regional Transportation Plan approved by voters in 2004.

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