The Arizona Department of Transportation announced Aug. 26 that the yearlong effort to widen a stretch of Loop 101 through Chandler was complete. (Damien Hernandez/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Arizona Department of Transportation announced Aug. 26 that the yearlong effort to widen a stretch of Loop 101 through Chandler was complete.

The $72 million project added new lanes in both directions of the freeway between Loop 202 and Baseline Road. Loop 101 now has four lanes and an HOV lane in each direction south of the US 60 interchange. The northbound Loop 101 bridge over Chandler Boulevard also was widened.

The Loop 101 improvements were scheduled ahead of the planned Interstate 10 Broadway Curve widening project between Loop 202 in Chandler and I-17 in Phoenix, since Loop 101 will serve as a key alternate route when any upcoming I-10 closures are needed, according to a news release from ADOT.

“ADOT remains committed to delivering improvements that will help local communities, the Phoenix region and the state with the movement of people and products for decades to come,” ADOT Director John Halikowski said in a news release. “New lanes, more room to merge and improved traffic flow are part of ADOT’s True North of Safely Home.”

Crews finished the project by diamond-grinding the concrete pavement, using specialized machines with diamond-tipped blades to smooth the freeway’s riding surface, according to the news release.


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