The Super Bowl is one of the biggest events in the country every year. This year, Glendale, Arizona’s State Farm Stadium will play host to football’s championship game. This means that people will be coming to Glendale from all over the country, clogging up Arizona highways all over. So, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is making preparations for Super Bowl traffic.
The ADOT anticipated the traffic problem, which extends beyond the game itself. The festivities begin today, with three days of pre-Bowl events in Phoenix. From the Super Bowl Experience to a music festival, Phoenix has a lot going on right now. And that doesn’t even factor in the fact that the PGA’s Phoenix Open is also happening the same weekend! With all that happening in town, the ADOT needed to get out in front of it to prevent serious logjams.
ADOT blocks freeway closures and reopens ramps for the Super Bowl.
On January 30, the ADOT announced that it was going to block construction sites from closing freeways for the next two weeks. Construction work can still take place, but its scope will have to be limited. While there are a lot of projects happening in the Phoenix area right now, the Super Bowl is taking precedence.
The ADOT also announced that some construction was completed just prior to the game. In Buckeye, the Watson Road I-10 ramps are opening after nearly a month of closure. These ramps will help connect the western edge of the Phoenix metro area with the rest. With the Super Bowl and its related traffic and lodging problems, this will be a big help for the city.
The Super Bowl itself takes place on Sunday, February 12 at 3:30 p.m. PST. The Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs will compete for football’s biggest prize.