On I-10 East, and happening now on I-10 West, between Sunland Park Drive and Executive Center Boulevard, lanes are shifted toward the inside shoulder. As a result, drivers now find themselves maneuvering through a tighter corridor because the inside shoulder is now reduced and there is no outside shoulder. More than ever, it is imperative for drivers to drive carefully in this section of I-10 during this phase of construction.
Why have crews shifted the lanes toward the inside shoulder? This change allows GO 10 to keep all three lanes open to traffic, while simultaneously allowing workers to add new outside lanes to that section of I-10. The alternative to shifting the lanes would be to reduce the number of lanes on I-10 from three lanes to two lanes – semi permanently.
This month, crews will be working to shift the lanes toward the inside shoulder on I-10 West.
Here are some things drivers can do to avoid collisions and help breakup the gridlock.
- Minimize passing other vehicles; and, if you do need to pass, do so carefully.
- Maintain the speed limit or slow down to match the speed of vehicles around you.
- Don’t follow other vehicles too closely.
- Be aware of your blind spots and others’ blind spots.
- Put all your devices away and stay alert.
- Be calm. Squash road rage.
- Avoid driving at all during peak rush hours.
- Start your workday commute earlier (or later).
- Carpool or take Sun Metro to help reduce the number of vehicles on the road.
Remember. You aren’t IN traffic. You ARE traffic.
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