Gateway Freeway project

Detail of the construction area in San Tan Valley.

GILBERT (AP) — Construction crews have begun work on a freeway extension project in the southeastern corner of metro Phoenix that will be a direct route for Pinal County commuters.

The Arizona Department says the $77 million project will extend State Route 24, also known is the Gateway Freeway, 5 miles (8 kilometers) eastward from Ellsworth Road to Ironwood Drive in an area east of Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport.

The department says the extension is scheduled to open by late 2022 and provide drivers with a new route to east growing traffic demands.

According to the department, there will be several weekend closures of a westbound on-ramp at Ellsworth Road in February and March as well as overnight restrictions on Ellsworth Road at various times in coming months.

The planned closures and restrictions are due to a dirt-hauling operation and road crossings by heavy equipment. #

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