Interstate 10 West - Maricopa County

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Interstate 10 West
After the Interstate 17 interchange, this picture shows the mileage to the Loop 101 interchange, Arizona 85 near Buckeye, and Los Angeles. Photo taken 03/25/07.
The next exit along westbound Interstate 10 is Exit 141, 35th Avenue. Photo taken 03/25/07.
Westbound Interstate 10 reaches Exit 141, 35th Avenue. Photo taken 03/25/07.
Westbound Interstate 10 approaches Exit 140, 43rd Avenue. At one time, much of this land was desert, but as the city of Phoenix has expanded, the grid pattern of streets and avenues has continued to expand with it. Photo taken 03/25/07.
Exit 140 departs Interstate 10 westbound to serve 43rd Avenue here. Photo taken 03/25/07.
The next exit is exit 139, 51st Avenue. Interstate 10 is passing through suburbs developed in the 1950s at this point. Photo taken 03/25/07.
51st Avenue departs here, at exit 139. Photo taken 03/25/07.
Advance signage for 59th avenue, exit 138. Photo taken 03/25/07.
59th avenue departs here from Interstate 10. Each exit is a mile apart, to correspond with the primary roads on the street grid. Use 59th Avenue to reach Glendale. Photo taken 03/25/07.
This section of Interstate 10 between Interstate 17 and Loop 101 is generally below grade as evidenced in this picture, with plenty of rights-of-way for widening. Note that the high occupancy vehicle lane continues along westbound. The next exit is Exit 137, 67th Avenue. Photo taken 03/25/07.
The next exit along westbound Interstate 10 is Exit 137, 67th Avenue, one-quarter mile. The mileage sign points to the next three exits, including 75th Avenue and 83rd Avenue. Numbered streets increment by eight streets per mile in the City of Phoenix. Photo taken 03/25/07.
67th avenue departs here, at exit 137. Photo taken 03/25/07.
Westbound Interstate 10 approaches Exit 136B, 75th Avenue, one quarter of a mile. Photo taken 03/25/07.
Exit 136B departs here to serve 75th Avenue. Photo taken 03/25/07.
The next exit along westbound Interstate 10 is Exit 135, 83rd Avenue. Note that there is also an exit reserved for high occupancy vehicles at Exit 136A for traffic in the left lane. Photo taken 03/25/07.
Exit 136A serves as a HOV exit to 79th Avenue. During peak hours (6 to 9 AM and 3 to 7 PM), this exit serves only HOV traffic, however it is open to all traffic during off-peak hours. Photo taken 03/25/07.
Westbound Interstate 10 approaches Exit 135, 83rd Avenue, one-quarter mile. Interstate 10 exits the Phoenix City Limits at Exit 135. This freestanding sign has since been removed. Photo taken 03/01/03.
Advance signage for exit 135, 83rd Avenue, one-quarter mile. This sign was added to the bridge as part of the auxiliary lane addition in 2003-04. Photo taken 03/25/07.
Exit 135 departs Westbound Interstate 10 here, to serve 83rd Avenue. Photo taken 03/25/07.
The next exit along westbound Interstate 10 is Exit 134, 91st Avenue, three-quarters of a mile. The next exit is Exit 133B, Junction Loop 101. Photo taken 03/25/07.
Westbound Interstate 10 approaches Exit 134, 91st Avenue, one-quarter mile. The next exit is for Junction Loop 101. Loop 101 provides a partial beltway around the city, connecting to major routes such as U.S. 60 northwest, Interstate 17, Arizona 51, Loop 202, and U.S. 60 east. Photo taken 03/25/07.
Westbound Interstate 10 reaches Exit 134, 91st Avenue. The Loop 101 shield here is black on white, while some of the other shields are white on blue. The state is moving toward the black and white standard for its loop shields. Photo taken 03/25/07.
The interchange between Interstate 10 and Loop 101 was opened in the early 2000s. This photo shows westbound approaches Exit 133B, Junction Northbound Loop 101, one-quarter mile. Photo taken 03/25/07.
This photo shows the split between westbound Interstate 10 and northbound Loop 101. Photo taken 03/25/07.
View of the gore point signage as seen from the transition ramp lanes from westbound Interstate 10 to northbound Loop 101. Photo taken 03/25/07.
Westbound Interstate 10 reaches Exit 133A, 99th Avenue/107th Avenue, under the shadow of the Arizona Loop 101/Interstate 10 interchange. Photo taken 03/25/07.
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The next exit along westbound Interstate 10 is Exit 131, Avondale Blvd, one half mile. Avondale Boulevard was formerly named 115th Avenue. Photo taken 05/25/03. Second photo taken 03/25/07.
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This mileage sign is located along westbound Interstate 10 as the freeway approaches Exit 131, Avondale Blvd. The next two exits after 115th Avenue are for Dysart Road and Litchfield Road. Photo taken 05/25/03. Second photo taken 03/25/07.
Use Avondale Boulevard (exit 131) to reach Phoenix International Raceway. The raceway is known for the annual Nascar race over Veterans Day weekend. Photo taken 03/25/07.
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Westbound Interstate 10 reaches Exit 131, Avondale Blvd. Although this was formerly the last numbered avenue in the metropolitan area, several more numbered avenues occur all the way to the Maricopa-La Paz County Line. Photo taken 05/25/03. Second photo taken 03/25/07.
This sign was placed in 2008 and shows distance to the next three exits - Dysart Road, Litchfield Road and Bullard Road. Photo taken 02/14/09.
Advance signage for exit 129, Dysart Road. Dysart Road marks a return of the freeway to a four lane configuration for now, however plans are to widen the freeway through Goodyear to six lanes (three each direction). Photo taken 03/25/07.
Westbound Interstate 10 at Exit 129, Dysart Road. The freeway used to lose it's urban feel at this point, but with the rapid development in the last five years of the West Valley, increasing numbers of houses are seen alongside the freeway. Photo taken 03/25/07.
The next exit along westbound Interstate 10 is Exit 128, Litchfield Road, one half mile. A full array of motorist services are available at this exit, which is a hub for the rapidly xpanding development pushing west from Phoenix. Photo taken 03/25/07.
Westbound Interstate 10 reaches Exit 128, Litchfield Road. Litchfield Road. Litchfield Road serves downtown Goodyear, as well as Phoenix Goodyear Airport. Photo taken 02/14/09.
Another mileage sign is posted along westbound Interstate 10 near Exit 128/Litchfield Road. The next exit is Exit 126/Estrella Parkway, but the mileage sign ignores both it and Loop 303, instead listing Arizona 85 as the next significant exit. Photo taken 03/25/07.
Advance signage for exit 127, Bullard Road, one mile. Photo taken 02/14/09.
Exit 127 was added to Interstate 10 in 2008 as part of the widening improvements to the freeway seen in the 2009 photos. Photo taken 02/14/09.
Exit 127 departs Interstate 10 for Bullard Road. Photo taken 02/14/09.
The next exit along westbound Interstate 10 is Exit 126, Pebble Creek Parkway/Estrella Parkway/Reems Road, one mile. Photo taken 03/25/07.
Exit 126 departs here to serve Pebble Creek Parkway and Estrella Parkway. This exit serves many new housing developments. Photo taken 03/25/07.
Continuing west, the next exit along westbound Interstate 10 is Exit 124, Junction Northbound Arizona Loop 303/Cotton Lane, one mile. Arizona Loop 303 leads north along the partially constructed Estrella Freeway to meet U.S. 60 in Surprise. As part of the National High Priority Corridor for CANAMEX, it is possible that Arizona Loop 303 will provide part of the corridor. Together with U.S. 60, Loop 303 connects with U.S. 93 northbound en route to Kingman, Hoover Dam, and Las Vegas. Photo taken 03/25/07.
Westbound Interstate 10 approaches Exit 124, Junction Northbound Arizona Loop 303/Cotton Lane, one-half mile. Since the freeway-to-freeway connection has not yet been constructed, this exit is signed "TO" Arizona Loop 303. Note the use of the white-on-black shields. Photo taken 03/25/07.
Westbound Interstate 10 reaches Exit 124, Junction Northbound Arizona Loop 303/Cotton Lane. Photo taken 03/25/07.
Trailblazer signage for Arizona Loop 303 as seen on the offramp from westbound Interstate 10 to northbound Arizona Loop 303. Note that this is not a colored shield, since they are currently being phased out. Photo taken 05/25/03.
At the base of the ramp from westbound Interstate 10, Arizona Loop 303 begins with a right turn on Cotton Lane. In the future, once Arizona Loop 303 is expanded to freeway standards, there will be a freeway-to-freeway interchange at this site, based on future population growth estimates. Photo taken 05/25/03.
Signage for northbound Arizona Loop 303 as seen from the offramp from westbound Interstate 10 to Exit 124, Northbound Arizona 303/Cotton Lane. Photo taken 05/25/03.
The next exit along westbound Interstate 10 is Exit 121, Jackrabbit Trail, one mile. Photo taken 02/14/09.
Westbound Interstate 10 reaches Exit 121, Jackrabbit Trail. Photo taken 02/14/09.
The next exit along westbound Interstate 10 is Exit 120, Verrado Way, one mile. Photo taken 02/14/09.
Westbound Interstate 10 reaches Exit 120, Verrado Way. Photo taken 02/14/09.
The Verrado Way overpass is elaborately decorated. Photo taken 02/14/09.
Mileage sign to the next three major intersections - Arizona 85 (6 miles), the Tonopah Rest Area (33 miles) and Los Angeles (347 miles). Photo taken 02/14/09.
The next exit along westbound Interstate 10 is Exit 117, Watson Road, one mile. Photo taken 02/14/09.
Westbound Interstate 10 reaches Exit 117, Watson Road. Photo taken 02/14/09.
Westbound Interstate 10 approaches Exit 112, Junction Southbound Arizona 85 to Interstate 8. Arizona 85, in addition to connecting to Interstate 8 at Gila Bend, continues south to Ajo, Why, and Mexico. Photo taken 02/14/09.
The next major interchange along westbound Interstate 10 is Exit 112, Junction Southbound Arizona 85 to Interstate 8. Arizona 85 is beginning upgraded to freeway standards from Interstate 10 south to Interstate 8. Photo taken 02/14/09.
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Westbound Interstate 10 approaches Exit 112, Junction Southbound Arizona 85 to Interstate 8, one mile. Arizona 85, together with Interstate 8 between Gila Bend and Casa Grande, forms a bypass of Phoenix for through traffic along Interstate 10 between Las Cruces, Tucson, and Los Angeles. Photo taken 03/25/07. Second photo taken 02/14/09.
Arizona 85, in addition to connecting to Interstate 8 at Gila Bend, continues south to Ajo, Why, and Mexico. The highway has seen increased usage as more people travel between the United States and Mexico. Photo taken 02/14/09.
Westbound Interstate 10 reaches Exit 112, Junction Southbound Arizona 85 to Interstate 8. This is the best route from downtown Phoenix to Yuma and San Diego, even though most of Arizona 85 is still only two lanes wide. Plans call for expansion of Arizona 85 to four lanes with Interstate standards, but portions of that project remain unfunded. Photo taken 02/14/09.
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The next exit along westbound Interstate 10 is Exit 109, Sun Valley Parkway/Palo Verde Road, one mile. As of 2008, all of the signs from here to California were replaced with new Clearview signs. Photo taken 05/25/03. Second photo taken 02/14/09.
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Exit 109, Sun Valley Parkway/Palo Verde Road does not lead directly to the Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant, despite the naming of Palo Verde Road. Motorists looking to go to the power plant should instead take Exit 98. Photo taken 05/25/03. Second photo taken 02/14/09.
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Westbound Interstate 10 reaches Exit 109, Sun Valley Parkway/Palo Verde Road. Photo taken 05/25/03. Second photo taken 02/14/09.
Power lines converge from all directions to meet at the Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant located southwest of here. This picture was taken along westbound Interstate 10 as it approaches Exit 103, 339th Avenue. Photo taken 05/25/03.
Distance sign to the rest area (22 miles), Quartzsite (90 miles) and Los Angeles (337 miles). Photo taken 02/14/09.
Advance signage for exit 103, 339th avenue, two miles. Photo taken 02/14/09.
The next exit along westbound Interstate 10 is Exit 103, 339th Avenue, one mile. Photo taken 05/25/03.
Interstate 10 crosses the Hassayampa River. The Hassayampa River has historically been an underground river, and legend has it that because the river is upside down, those who drink from it will become liars. Photo taken 02/14/09.
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Westbound Interstate 10 reaches Exit 103, 339th Avenue. Photo taken 05/25/03. Second photo taken 02/14/09.
Distance sign to Quartzsite (84 miles), Blythe (107 miles) and Los Angeles (330 miles). Photo taken 02/14/09.
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The next exit along westbound Interstate 10 is Exit 98, Wintersburg Road/Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant, one mile. Photo taken 05/25/03. Second photo taken 02/14/09.
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The Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant is the largest nuclear power plant in the country. Photo taken 05/25/03. Second photo taken 02/14/09.
Westbound Interstate 10 at Exit 98, Wintersburg Road. Photo taken 02/14/09.
Distance sign to Tonopah (3 miles), the Tonopah Rest Area (11 miles) and Los Angeles (325 miles). Photo taken 02/14/09.
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The next exit along westbound Interstate 10 is Exit 94, 411th Avenue/Tonopah, one mile. Photo taken 05/25/03. Second photo taken 02/14/09.
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Westbound Interstate 10 approaches Exit 94, 411th Avenue/Tonopah, one half mile. Photo taken 05/25/03. Second photo taken 02/14/09.
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Westbound Interstate 10 at Exit 94, 411th Avenue/Tonopah. This is the last exit for an avenue that is numbered based on the Phoenix grid pattern. Photo taken 05/25/03. Second photo taken 02/14/09.
Distance sign to the rest area (6 miles), Blythe (98 miles) and Los Angeles (321 miles). Photo taken 02/14/09.
Advance signage for the Tonopah Rest area, 1/2 mile. Photo taken 02/14/09.
Exit here for the Tonopah rest area. Photo taken 02/14/09.
Distance sign to Quartzsite (67 miles), Blythe (90 miles) and Los Angeles (313 miles). Photo taken 02/14/09.
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The next exit along westbound Interstate 10 is Exit 81, Salome Road/Harquahala Valley Road, one mile. Photo taken 05/25/03. Second photo taken 02/14/09.
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Westbound Interstate 10 approaches Exit 81, Salome Road/Harquahala Valley Road, one half mile. As per standard Arizona DOT practice, the primary road name is shown on the one mile and gore point signs, while the secondary road name is shown on a sign like this one. Photo taken 05/25/03. Second photo taken 02/14/09.
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Westbound Interstate 10 reaches Exit 81, Salome Road/Harquahala Valley Road. Photo taken 05/25/03. Second photo taken 02/14/09.


 


Photo Credits:

  • 03/01/03 by AARoads.
  • 05/25/03 by AARoads.
  • 03/25/07 by Kevin Trinkle.
  • 02/14/09 by Kevin Trinkle.

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State Route 85
Arizona Loop 101
Arizona Loop 303

Page Updated 02-15-2009.