Interstate 10 West - Maricopa County

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Just prior to reaching the Riggs Road exit, Interstate 10 enters Maricopa County, home to the sixth largest city in the nation, Phoenix. Photo taken 03/28/04.
Westbound Interstate 10 at Exit 167, Riggs Road. Photo taken 03/28/04.
The next exit along westbound is Exit 164, Junction Arizona 347 South/Queen Creek Road, two miles. Photo taken 03/28/04.
Mileage sign along westbound for the next three major expressway/freeway interchanges: Exit 164, Arizona 347/Queen Creek Road; Exit 161, Loop 202/Santan Freeway; and Exit 154, U.S. 60/Superstition Freeway. Arizona 347 is an expressway from Interstate 10 southwest to Arizona 84 west of Casa Grande, thus providing an alternate route to Interstate 8. At the time this photo was taken, this was the only sign on westbound that mentioned Arizona 347 (see next three photoboxes). Photo taken 03/28/04.
Westbound Interstate 10 approaches Exit 164, Junction Arizona 347/Queen Creek Road, one mile. Photo taken 05/23/03.
Queen Creek Road is actually Arizona 347 south, but it is not signed as such because Arizona 347 heads southwest toward Interstate 8 (and Interstate 10 is traveling north rather than west at this point). Much more prominent signs are in place along eastbound (southbound) Interstate 10. Photo taken 05/23/03.
Westbound Interstate 10 at Exit 164, Arizona 347/Queen Creek Road. Photo taken 05/23/03.
Westbound Interstate 10 approaches Exit 162, Wildhorse Pass Road/Sundust Road (formerly Maricopa Road), one mile. Photo taken 03/28/04.
The first major freeway corridor met by Interstate 10 in the Phoenix metropolitan area is Loop 202. This is one of three eventual interchanges between Interstate 10 and Loop 202: one interchange already exists northeast of downtown Phoenix (at the interchange between Interstate 10, Arizona 51, and Loop 202), and the other interchange is a long-range plan for construction west of downtown. Photo taken 03/28/04.
A year earlier, this photo shows westbound Interstate 10 at the then-under construction offramps for Loop 202/Santan Freeway. Interstate 10 west is actually headed due north as it approaches Tempe and Phoenix, thus allowing it to intersect east-west Loop 202 at a 90-degree angle. Photo taken 05/23/03.
Westbound Interstate 10 at Exit 161, Junction Loop 202 east and Pecos Road west. Loop 202 extends east for approximately three miles, then connects directly with the current southeastern terminus of Loop 101. Plans call for Loop 202 to be extended east along the Pecos Road and Power Road corridor (future Santan Freeway corridor) to Exit 190 on U.S. 60/Superstition Freeway. In the more distant future, Loop 202 is also slated for an extension west around South Mountain to rejoin Interstate 10 in west Phoenix. The next exit is Exit 161, Chandler Boulevard. Photo taken 03/28/04.
Overhead signage for Pecos Road west and eastbound Arizona Loop 202/Santan Freeway east as seen on the transition ramp from westbound Interstate 10. This interchange was completed in late 2003, and at the time this photo was taken, connects to a short orphaned stretch of Loop 202. The entire Loop 202 freeway will eventually connect, thus providing an alternate route to U.S. 60/Superstition Freeway. Photo taken 03/28/04.
View of the gore point signage for Pecos Road west and eastbound Arizona Loop 202/Santan Freeway east. Note the unique sign used for the westbound ramp to Pecos Road; this ramp will ultimately connect to future westbound Loop 202, which is the future South Mountain Freeway west of Interstate 10. Plans call for Loop 202 to bypass downtown Phoenix to the south and rejoin Interstate 10 west of downtown, between Interstate 17 and Loop 101. Photo taken 03/28/04.
Westbound Interstate 10 approaches Exit 160, Chandler Boulevard. Photo taken 05/23/03.
Chandler Boulevard was here before Loop 202, but it is now the lesser ramp. The sprawling interchange dominates the offramp for Chandler Boulevard, exit 160. Loop 202 will head east toward Chandler and Mesa, where it will turn north and join the existing Red Mountain Freeway. In addition, Loop 202 is proposed to head west to provide a bypass of downtown Phoenix to the south of South Mountain. Photo taken 05/23/03.
This new interchange will provide the connections between Interstate 10 and Arizona Loop 202/Santan Freeway. At the time this photo was taken, the Loop 202 was not open to traffic, but much of the interchange complex was already largely complete. Note the lane restrictions due to construction along westbound continue in this photo. Photo taken 05/23/03.
Now descending off the ramp from Loop 202 to Interstate 10 west, we see advance signage for exit 159, Ray Road. Photo taken 12/31/06.
Ray Road accesses the primary commercial center of Ahwatukee and West Chandler, with big box centers lining both sides of the freeway at Ray Road. Photo taken 12/31/06.
Westbound Interstate 10 at Exit 159, Ray Road. Interstate 10 becomes much more urban as it passes by the next two exits, including additional lanes and more traffic. Photo taken 12/31/06.
Westbound Interstate 10 approaches Exit 158, Warner Road, three-quarters of a mile. This sign is mounted on the overpass for Ray Road. This bridge is currently in the process of being widened. Photo taken 05/23/03.
Mileage sign along westbound Interstate 10 for Warner Road, Elliot Road, and Baseline Road. Photo taken 05/23/03.
Westbound Interstate 10 at Exit 158, Warner Road. Photo taken 12/31/06.
Westbound Interstate 10 approaches Exit 157, Elliot Road, three-quarters of a mile. This sign is mounted on the overpass for Warner Road. Photo taken 12/31/06.
Mileage sign along westbound Interstate 10 for Exit 157, Elliot Road, one-quarter mile, followed by Baseline Road and U.S. 60. Photo taken 12/31/06.
Westbound Interstate 10 at Exit 157, Elliot Road. Elliot Road leads east into Guadalupe and west into the Phoenix community of Ahwatukee. Photo taken 12/31/06.
Advance signage for exit 155, Baseline Road, and US 60. This sign is mounted on the Ray Road bridge. Photo taken 12/31/06.
Westbound Interstate 10 approaches Exit 155, Baseline Road. Baseline Road parallels U.S. 60 as it passes through Mesa, and it also heads west to reach the base of South Mountain. This sign is mounted on the Guadalupe Road overpass, which does not have an exit from Interstate 10. Photo taken 12/31/06.
Use exit 155 to reach Guadalupe and South Mountain Community College. Guadalupe is a small town settled by the Pasqua Yaqui tribe, who fled from Mexico to escape persecution. Photo taken 12/31/06.
The next exit along westbound is for Baseline Road, followed by Eastbound U.S. 60. Photo taken 12/31/06.
Westbound Interstate 10 at Exit 155, Baseline Road. The next exit is Exit 154, Junction Eastbound U.S. 60. Westbound U.S. 60 will join westbound Interstate 10 into downtown Phoenix. Photo taken 12/31/06.
Exit 154 leaves Interstate 10 west for U.S. 60 east. The U.S. 60 freeway connects Phoenix with Mesa and Apache Junction before shifting to a divided highway. At Florence Junction, the divided highway ends where Arizona 79 (former U.S. 89) splits south. Prior to 1993, U.S. 60 along the Superstition Freeway was known as Arizona 360, and U.S. 60-89 followed Main Street through Mesa. Since the completion of the freeway to Apache Junction, Main Street was shifted to local control, and the freeway became U.S. 60. Photo taken 12/31/06.
Westbound Interstate 10 is split into local and express lanes here. The local lanes to the right carry U.S. 60 traffic to the Superstition Freeway, while the through lanes have signs for the next two exits, Exit 153B to Broadway Road and Exit 153A to Northbound Arizona 143/Hohokam Expressway/Sky Harbor International Airport. Photo taken 12/31/06.
View of the exit ramp from the local lanes of westbound Interstate 10 onto eastbound U.S. 60/Superstition Freeway (Exit 154). The next exit from the main lanes is Exit 153A, Arizona 143/Hohokam Expressway. Photo taken 12/31/06.
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Continuing on Interstate 10 right after the U.S. 60/Superstition Freeway interchange in Tempe, this picture shows westbound Interstate 10 (actually headed north at this point) approaches Exit 153B, Broadway Road and 52nd Street (one half mile) as seen from the high-occupancy vehicle transition lane from westbound U.S. 60 onto westbound Interstate 10. The next exit is Exit 153A, Arizona 143/Hohokam Expressway. Note that Interstate 10 and U.S. 60 are clearly marked on the overhead sign. Photo taken 03/02/03. Second photo taken 12/30/06.
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Westbound Interstate 10 and U.S. 60 approaches Exit 153B, Broadway Road and 52nd Street, one-quarter mile. 52nd Street is a north-south city street, and it roughly parallels Arizona 143/Hohokam Expressway. Photo taken 03/02/03. Second photo taken 12/30/06.
Westbound Interstate 10 and U.S. 60 at Exit 153B, Broadway Road and 52nd Street. Broadway Road leads east-west but remains south of downtown Phoenix. Taking this route west will lead to Manzanita Speedway. Taking Broadway Road east leads into Tempe and Mesa. Photo taken 03/02/03.
Arizona 143, the Hohokam Expressway, is a five-mile spur route leading north from Interstate 10 and U.S. 60 to provide primary access to Sky Harbor International Airport. Even though Arizona 153 is the Sky Harbor Expressway, it does not have any direct connections to Interstate 10, so it is not useful to reach the airport. Arizona 143 also connects to Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) and to McDowell Road, both of which connect to Loop 101. Photo taken 03/02/03.
Distance sign to the next three exits - 40th Street, University Drive and 32nd Street, and 24th Street. Photo taken 12/31/06.
Advance signage for exit 152, 40th Street. Photo taken 12/31/06.
If and when Arizona 153 is extended south to Interstate 10, it will connect to 40th street just north of this interchange. A freeway to freeway interchange between Arizona 153 and Interstate 10 is not planned to be constructed. Photo taken 12/31/06.
40th Street departs from Interstate 10 westbound here, at exit 152. Photo taken 12/31/06.
Advance signage for exit 151, 32nd Street and University Drive. Photo taken 12/31/06.
Distance sign to University Drive and 32nd Street, 24th Street, and Interstate 17. 32nd Street does not travel north due to the Salt River and Sky Harbor Airport, and University Drive stops at 32nd Street due to the river. Photo taken 12/31/06.
32nd Street and University Drive exit here from Interstate 10, at exit 151. Photo taken 12/31/06.
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Hazardous cargo is directed to use Interstate 17/U.S. 60 rather than Interstate 10 because of the lengthy tunnel along Interstate 10 as evidenced by this photo taken along westbound. Photo taken 03/02/03. Second photo taken 05/25/03.
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Westbound Interstate 10 and U.S. 60 approaches Exit 150B, Junction Northbound Interstate 17. (Exit 150A is for 24th Street.) This interchange marks the southern terminus of Interstate 17, just southeast of downtown. Although some maps show U.S. 60 following Interstate 10 through downtown, it actually follows Interstate 17 north (west) to the 19th Avenue exit. Photo taken 12/31/06. Second photo taken 05/25/03.
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This standalone sign indicates that through traffic for U.S. 60 headed to Wickenburg should use the Interstate 17 exit (Exit 150A). Photo taken 12/31/06. Second photo taken 03/02/03.
Westbound Interstate 10/U.S. 60 at Exit 150B, 24th Street. The next exit, of course, is Exit 150B, Junction Interstate 17 northbound. Photo taken 12/31/06.
Westbound Interstate 10 at Exit 150A, where Interstate 17/U.S. 60 split off from Interstate 10. Interstate 17/U.S. 60 is shown as a truck route as well as the hazardous cargo route as evidenced by signage here. There is no direct connection from the Interstate 10 high occupancy lane onto the mainline of Interstate 17. Photo taken 05/25/03.
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After the Interstate 17 exit, westbound Interstate 10 turns north to meet Arizona 51/Loop 202. In between Interstate 17 and Arizona 51, westbound meets Exit 149, Buckeye Road. This exit leads to Sky Harbor International Airport to the east and downtown to the west. Indeed, westbound Buckeye Road connects to the historic route of U.S. 80 en route to Gila Bend, Yuma, and San Diego. Photo taken 12/31/06. Second photo taken 05/25/03.
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As the road continues to bend to the north, the sun angle dramatically improves for sign photos. This picture shows westbound approaches Exit 149, Buckeye Road, next right. Photo taken 12/31/06. Second photo taken 05/25/03.
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View of westbound Interstate 10 at Exit 149, Buckeye Road. Use Buckeye Road to reach Sky Harbor Airport and the consolidated Car Rental facility. Photo taken 03/02/03. Second photo taken 12/31/06.
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Westbound Interstate 10 approaches Exit 148, Jefferson Street and Washington Street, one half mile. Note that there is no exit to Van Buren Street, which is former Business Loop I-10 through downtown Phoenix, as well as former US 60. The next exit is Exit 147, Junction Loop 202 and Arizona 51. Photo taken 03/02/03. Second photo taken 12/31/06.
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his mileage sign along westbound provides the distance to Exit 148 (Jefferson Street and Washington Street), one-quarter mile, and Exit 149 (Arizona 51 and Loop 202). This sign was replaced as part of the Mini-stack reconstruction in 2004. Photo taken 03/02/03. Second photo taken 12/31/06.
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Many non-reflective button copy signs were replaced in the 1990s and 2000s, but a holdout was this exit sign for Exit 148 (Jefferson and Washington Street) along westbound. The adjacent sign for Arizona 51 and Loop 202 are newer, with reflective sheeting. All signs were replaced with the reconstruction of the Mini-stack in 2004. Photos taken 12/31/06.
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Westbound Interstate 10 approaches Arizona 51 and Loop 202, one-quarter mile. As part of the reconstruction, a HOV connector was added to the interchange, forcing the ramp to Arizona 51 and Loop 202 to be pushed south 1/4 mile. This photo is taken where the HOV lane exits to Arizona 51 north, as exit 147C. Photo taken 05/25/03. Second photo taken 12/31/06.
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Westbound Interstate 10 meets Arizona 51 and Loop 202 here, at exit 147A-B. This interchange (the mini-stack) is the busiest in the state, slightly ahead of the stack interchange of Interstate 17 and Interstate 10. Photo taken 05/25/03. Second photo taken 12/31/06.
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The upcoming interchange between Interstate 10, Arizona 51, and Loop 202 is arguably one of the busiest in the area. This picture shows westbound Interstate 10 approaches Arizona 51 and Loop 202. Photo taken 04/29/03. Second photo taken 12/31/06.
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On the split from Interstate 10 to Loop 202 and Arizona 51, the right lane exits to Loop 202 while the left two lanes continue to Arizona 51. The ramp crosses over Washington Street and Jefferson Street here. Photo taken 04/29/03. Second photo taken 12/31/06.
The added carpool lane can be seen clearly to the left of the collector distributor lanes to Arizona 51 and Loop 202. Photo taken 12/31/06.
Loop 202 splits from Arizona 51, at exit 147A. At this point, we are on Arizona 51 and have advance signage for exit 1, McDowell Road. Photo taken 12/31/06.
At the interchange with Arizona 51 and Loop 202, mainline Interstate 10 traffic avoids much of the flyover ramps by remaining to the southwest of the stack. This image, taken along westbound, shows some of the ramps in the background, including the transition ramp from southbound Arizona 51 onto eastbound Loop 202. Photo taken 03/02/03.
Mileage sign in the shadow of the Interstate 10/Arizona Loop 202/Arizona 51 interchange. The next exits are Exit 145, 7th Street; Exit 144, 7th Avenue; and Exit 143C, 19th Avenue/Grand Avenue. Photo taken 05/25/03.
After the Loop 202/Arizona 51 interchange, Interstate 10 again heads due west, and its first interchange along westbound is Exit 145, 7th Street. This is a major access route into downtown Phoenix. Photo taken 0000.
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Westbound Interstate 10 approaches Exit 145, 7th Street, one-quarter mile. Photo taken 05/25/03. Second photo taken 03/25/07.
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Westbound Interstate 10 at Exit 145, 7th Street. Photo taken 05/25/03. Second photo taken 03/25/07.
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To keep confusion at a minimum, the next exit is 7th Avenue (Exit 144, three-quarters of a mile). This is another major exit into downtown Phoenix. A similar dilemma regarding confusion between consecutive exits for 7th Avenue and 7th Street exists along Loop 101 in North Phoenix. Photo taken 05/25/03. Second photo taken 03/03/07.
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The interchange for Exit 145/7th Street (above) is a single-point urban interchange, hence why the bridge deck is shaped like an hourglass. From the roadway below (along westbound), you can see the deck is wider at either end. The next exit is Exit 144/7th Avenue, one half mile. Photo taken 05/25/03. Second photo taken 03/03/07.
Westbound Interstate 10 approaches the entrance to the cut and cover tunnel. The tunnel was installed as a mitigation measure for the freeway to be constructed under the dense city above it with minimal intrusion. Photo taken 05/25/03.
Before reaching Exit 144/7th Avenue, the mainline of Interstate 10 enters a cut and cover tunnel. The tunnel is six blocks long, located between 3rd Street and 3rd Avenue, and Margaret T. Hance Park overlies the tunnel. A bus station was designed for the freeway median with direct exits from the HOV lanes, but has never been used - the gates on the left side of the photo block access to this area. A comparable tunnel is along California 15 near University Avenue in San Diego. Photo taken 03/03/07.
Westbound Interstate 10 approaches Exit 144, 7th Avenue, as it passes through the cut and cover tunnel in downtown Phoenix. Photo taken 03/01/03.
Westbound Interstate 10 at Exit 144, 7th Avenue. The sign is illuminated. Photo taken 03/01/03.
The next exit is for Grand Avenue/19th Avenue (Exit 143C along westbound). There is space above for a shield, and it is probable that this used to read "U.S. 60." However, when U.S. 60 was rerouted along Interstate 17, the shield was removed. Photo taken 0000.
Westbound Interstate 10 approaches Exit 143C, 19th Avenue/Grand Avenue, one-quarter of a mile. The next exit is the second interchange with Interstate 17 and U.S. 60 (unsigned). Interstate 17 leads north toward Flagstaff, while southbound Interstate 17 bypasses downtown to the southwest, meeting up with Interstate 10 at Exit 150B. Photo taken 0000.
Westbound Interstate 10 at Exit 143C, 19th Avenue/Grand Avenue. Photo taken 05/25/03.
Westbound Interstate 10 approaches Exit 143B-A, Junction Interstate 17 and U.S. 60 (unsigned). Interstate 17 is a major north-south corridor through central Arizona, connecting the Phoenix metropolitan area with Flagstaff and transcontinental Interstate 40. In addition, connections to U.S. National Parks are available via U.S. 180 to the Grand Canyon and U.S. 89 to Zion. Photo taken 03/25/07.
This is an unusual sign bridge, considering that most are of the "tubular" format in the Phoenix area. These pictures show the Interstate 17 interchange along westbound at Exits 143B-A. U.S. 60 is paired with Interstate 17, but it is omitted from these signs because U.S. 60 previously exited Interstate 10 back at Exit 150. Photo taken 03/25/07.
View of the transition ramp from westbound Interstate 10 to Junction North/Southbound Interstate 17 and West/Eastbound U.S. 60. Photo taken 03/25/07.
Westbound Interstate 10 passing over the Interstate 17/U.S. 60 stack interchange. This interchange is probably much more impressive from the bottom, along Interstate 17. We'll have to come back to get pictures from that perspective. Photo taken 03/25/07.


 


Photo Credits:

  • 03/01/03 by AARoads.
  • 03/02/03 by AARoads.
  • 04/29/03 by Kevin Trinkle.
  • 05/23/03 by AARoads.
  • 05/25/03 by AARoads.
  • 03/28/04 by AARoads.
  • 12/30/06 by Kevin Trinkle.
  • 12/31/06 by Kevin Trinkle.
  • 03/03/07 by AARoads.
  • 03/25/07 by Kevin Trinkle.

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Arizona 51
Arizona Loop 101
Arizona Loop 202
Arizona 347

Page Updated 04-08-2007.