Heavy load crossing states to bring delays to Benson, Tucson - Tucson News Now

Heavy load crossing states to bring delays to Benson, Tucson

Interstate 10 eastbound and state routes in Southern Arizona are expected to close briefly Sunday through Monday as a heavy load moves from New Mexico to California, according to a press release from the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Drivers need to plan ahead or allow extra travel time due to a scheduled closure on I-10 eastbound, approximately 45 miles east of downtown Tucson, starting at 6 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 11.

The highway will close for up to 30 minutes as a heavy load truck travels west in the eastbound lanes from the junction of State Route 80 to the State Route 90 exit in Benson.

It will be hauling a turbine skid and is scheduled to enter eastbound I-10 at Exit 303 and travel one mile in the wrong direction before taking the entrance ramp at Exit 302 and traveling east on SR 90 to SR 82.

The truck will be escorted by the Arizona Department of Public Safety and will take 15 to 30 minutes to clear the interstate. Motorists traveling east on I-10 approaching Benson should expect a delay.

The wrong-way move on I-10 is necessary to avoid a bridge on SR 82 that won't accommodate the 648,000-pound load. The truck will take SR 82 west to State Route 83 and back to westbound I-10.

Early Monday, Aug. 12, the truck will travel west on the eastbound I-10 frontage road between Kolb Road and Craycroft Road in Tucson, during which time the eastbound frontage road will be closed to all other traffic for 15 to 30 minutes.

The truck will use local streets to reach the intersection of Valencia Road and SR 86 Ajo Way, and continue west toward California on Interstate 8.

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