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"Avondale Mayor Kenn Weise said the $30 million project will help support economic activity in the area."

Construction of an Interstate 10 bridge overpass at Fairway Drive will impact traffic.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, Interstate 10 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes will be closed in both directions from Avondale Boulevard to Dysart Road, for bridge construction.

The closure of the car-pool lanes was to begin at 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, and is scheduled to extend until mid-February.

When the interchange is completed later this year, drivers will be able to use on- and off-ramps to make connections to and from Fairway Drive south of I-10. Note: Fairway Drive does not travel north of I-10, where Friendship Park is located.

Avondale Mayor Kenn Weise said the $30 million project will help support economic activity in the area.

 “Avondale Commerce Center, which includes Coldwater Depot Logistics Center, and located just west of Fairway Drive has gone from 65% to 95% occupied in just the last year or so. East of Fairway Drive is 700,000 square feet of planned employment/industrial space, which will also benefit greatly from this exit from the freeway,” Weise said.

He noted the project has been years in the making: “The application for the Fairway Drive project pre-dates my time on the Avondale Council, but I whole-heartedly agree with the leadership’s vision,” he said.

 “Even back then, they saw the tremendous growth our city would experience, and that this project would play an important role in encouraging and supporting economic development and employment opportunities for our residents.”