If you’ve driven on I-10 between Tucson and Phoenix, you may know the area as the “S curve” just north of Picacho near State Route 287. This small, “S curve” area, including milepost 209-213, has had an unusually high number of crashes over the years, such as this crash from 2011.
The Arizona Department of Transportation recently received a 54 million dollar federal FASTLANE grant, allowing them to widen this four-mile stretch of I-10 near Picacho.
According to the ADOT website:
“Work is scheduled to occur between milepost 209.59 (Sunshine Boulevard) and milepost 213 (east of Pichacho Highway). This project will realign and widen I-10 from two lanes to three lanes in each direction and replace the bridges at the SR 87 traffic interchange underpass and over the Union Pacific Railroad on SR 87.”
The project is underway and is scheduled be done by 2019.
ADOT will also be installing an innovative “dust detection” system to alert drivers of hazardous conditions caused by blowing dust. Much of the media coverage has been devoted to this new, first-in-the-nation pilot detection system.
However, the REAL improvement of the road is the widening and straightening of I-10 in the deadly, four-mile stretch from milepost 209 to 213.
As an injury and wrongful death law firm, we have seen many tragic cases involving injuries and deaths that have happened near Picacho on I-10. Numerous fatal crashes, including catastrophic crossover crashes, have occurred in this area where I-10 narrows from three lanes, into two lanes and back into three lanes.
We applaud ADOT’s efforts to widen this stretch of the road to enhance the safety of the roadway.