I got caught in the last freeway closure a couple weeks ago, and it took me almost an hour to get through the last 5 miles to my home.

The freeway closures (southbound Loop 101) are scheduled again this weekend.

Be prepared for it to take longer to get just about anywhere in Scottsdale if you are planning to use the 101, Pima, or Hayden.

Here’s the info I received from the City of Scottsdale:

This weekend’s Loop 101 traffic restrictions

Work continues to add lanes to the Loop 101 Pima Freeway between Shea Boulevard and the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway. This week’s restrictions:

  • Southbound traffic will be closed from Indian School to McKellips roads from 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, through 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 8.
  • The northbound left and high occupancy lanes will be closed at McKellips Road from 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, through 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 8.
  • The right two southbound lanes will be closed from Mountain View Road to 90th Street from 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, through 7 a.m. Saturday.

Access the suggested detour route map here.

As part of the $72.7 million project, one lane in each direction will be added to the 11-mile stretch of road. A second northbound lane will be added between the Loop 202 interchange and McDowell Road. For the time being, all lanes will be open during weekday commutes, but the posted speed limit on the freeway will be reduced from 65 mph to 55 mph. The project is slated for a late 2016 completion, according to Arizona Department of Transportation.

And if your thinking about using your bike to get around town this weekend, as an alternative, here are a few of my past posts on biking in Scottsdale:

More about biking in Scottsdale: