ELOY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Arizona Department of Transportation is taking steps to make the commute from Tucson to Phoenix a little easier.
On Tuesday, May 8, crews started laying pavement on a stretch of I-10 that will eventually replace the current westbound lanes.
Once construction is complete there will be three lanes in each direction. Right now there are only two lanes each way.
The $36,000,000 project is constructing a stretch of roadway next the existing stretch outside Eloy. Crews are also building a bridge to allow traffic on State Route 87 to go over I-10 and the nearby railroad tracks.
In addition to that, a first-of-its-kind dust storm monitoring system is being installed as a huge part of the project. When finished, the monitoring system will send a message to drivers instantly upon detecting a dust storm in the area.
ADOT says they plan to shift existing westbound traffic to the new westbound lanes by the end of this summer. The construction project is set to be complete in the summer of 2019.