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I-10 TRAVEL ALERT: Drivers will be detoured 67 miles around closure

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It you drive Interstate 10 between Tucson and Benson, be ready for a big detour. The Arizona Department of Transportation is warning drivers to take a alternate route on Friday, March 8th if not prepare for a 67-mile detour due to a bridge demolition project.

According to an ADOT release, approximately 30 miles east of downtown Tucson, I-10 is scheduled to be closed in both directions from 9 p.m. March 8 until 6 a.m. Saturday, March 9 for the removal of the old Pantano Union Pacific Railroad Bridge.

ADOT says during the demolition, drivers will be guided by signs through a 67-mile detour around the I-10 closure, which is between State Route 83 east of Tucson (Exit 281) and SR 90 west of Benson (Exit 302). Drivers can expect up to two hours of additional travel time.

You're best bet is to avoid this segment of I-10 all together.


Detour for eastbound I-10

  • Eastbound I-10 traffic will detour to SR 83 (Exit 281), travel south to SR 82 in Sonoita, turn left (east) on SR 82 to the SR 90 intersection, turn left (west) onto SR 90 and follow signs to reconnect with I-10 near Benson (Exit 302).

 Detour for westbound I-10

  • Westbound I-10 traffic will detour from the interstate at SR 90 (Exit 302), travel east to the SR 82 intersection, turn right (west) on SR 82 and travel to SR 83 in Sonoita, and turn right (north) on SR 83 to reconnect with I-10 at Exit 281.

For more information about ADOT projects and programs across Arizona, see the agency's latest blog posts. The ADOT Traveler Information Center system can be reached by calling 511 from within Arizona or at

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