ADOT to host public meetings for Loop 101 project

A view of a stretch of Loop 101 that spans within Scottsdale city limits. (Submitted photo)

Prior to the start of major construction to add lanes along Loop 101 between Interstate 17 and Pima Road/Princess Drive in the north Valley, the Arizona Department of Transportation will host public open house meeting in Scottsdale.

ADOT will be at the Scottsdale Airport Business Center, 15000 N. Airport Drive, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. There will be another meeting at Vista Peak School, 19825 N. 15th Ave. in Phoenix, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Work to widen and make other improvements along 13 miles of Loop 101 east of I-17 is scheduled to start in early February. The project is estimated to cost $185 million, according to a press release.

ADOT and the Federal Highway Administration invite the public to attend either of the open house meetings, which will include a project presentation at 6 p.m.

Members of the Loop 101 project team will provide information about the upcoming construction and anticipated traffic restrictions. They also will describe the design/build delivery system being used to complete the work as efficiently as possible.

Those attending either of the meetings will be able to speak with project team members and ask questions, a release states.

The Loop 101 improvement project is scheduled for completion by early 2021. Improvements will include the addition of one regular traffic lane in each direction, as well as new auxiliary (merge) lanes in each direction between Seventh Street and Cave Creek Road.

Crews also are preparing to add noise or retaining walls where warranted. A new layer of smooth rubberized asphalt also will be applied.

The project is funded through the Maricopa Association of Governments’ Regional Transportation Plan, which county voters approved in 2004. A primary funding source is a half-cent sales tax collected in Maricopa County for regional transportation improvements.

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