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Crews Near Finish of Arizona 101 Fwy. Expansion

ADOT News Release; ENR – September 19, 2011

PHOENIX — The 30-mile project for new High Occupancy Vehicle lanes on Loop 101 are nearing completion, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. A joint venture group from Kiewit Corp. and Sundt Construction is using the design-build strategy to speed construction.

“To do this many miles in [nine] months is pretty exciting,” said Steve Mishler, ADOT project manager. “Typically, this project would have been broken up into five pieces, and I would have been given 18 months just for design and a year and change for construction.”

The $90 million HOV-lane construction project began in January 2011 and is scheduled for completion next month. The project involves building 30 miles of east- and westbound HOV lanes on the Loop 101 between Interstate 10 and State Route 51. This project includes an additional travel lane in each direction along Loop 101 under Interstate 17 and widening freeway bridges at 19th, 31st and 35th avenues.

Once finished, there will be HOV lanes along the entire stretch of Loop 101 from Interstate 10 in the West Valley to Loop 202 in the East Valley. The Loop 101 HOV-lane construction project is part of the Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Transportation Plan and funded by the half-cent sales tax approved by county voters in 2004. The Tom Warne Report