The City of Avondale announced that the Fairway Drive interchange along Interstate 10 is now fully open to traffic. Drivers who use Fairway Drive south of the freeway can now make all connections to and from I-10 via the on- and off-ramps at the interchange in Avondale.

The Arizona Department of Transportation‘s first phase of construction of the newest $30 million traffic interchange on Interstate 10, west of Loop 101 (Agua Fria Freeway) in Avondale, began in mid-February 2019 and took approximately 14 months to complete. The project of significance includes a bridge over I-10 at Fairway Drive, between Dysart Road and Avondale Boulevard, to help support economic development and provide additional capacity in the fast-growing West Valley.  The city of Avondale managed the final phase of the project to complete the interchange by widening Fairway Drive from three to five lanes between Garfield Street and Van Buren Street.  That work is now complete.

The project also included street lighting, landscaping, striping, signage, landscape irrigation and electrical conduit, a $4 million investment. The project has met the timeline for an early 2021 completion.

“The Fairway Drive project, envisioned before I was elected to the City Council, is just one example of the long-range planning that takes place when it comes to capital projects. We’re excited to have it open on schedule,” Avondale Mayor Kenn Weise said.

The east- and westbound I-10 exit ramps at Fairway Drive now provide direct access to one of Avondale’s prime manufacturing and logistics corridors; give truck drivers a more direct route to the Avondale Commerce Center, and serve as a reliever from the high travel demand off the exits for Dysart Road and Avondale Boulevard.