Southbound Freeway Loop 101 Closed in Scottsdale this Weekend

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:

Scottsdale Ranks #2 in Best Places to Live

Scottsdale has been awarded quite a few honors over the years.  And for those of us who live in Scottsdale, we know it’s a great place to live.

I got an email not too long ago from a mom (and her daughters) asking if I could post some info about Scottsdale from a web site they found called AreaVibes. They are moving to Scottsdale later this summer, and were researching the area.

The web site that they found and asked me to share ranked Scottsdale as the #2 city in its Top Ten Best Places to Live list for 2013.

Top Ten Places to Live - Scottsdale

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I would definitly agree with the AreaVibes  assessment of the city.

…if you are for the best of everything, then Scottsdale is your city. Scottsdale is even called the Beverly Hills of Arizona. It is home to top rated spas, resorts, restaurants and an amazing selection of retail stores. Along with having the best of everything, you will be impressed with how safe you will feel in Scottsdale. The violent crime rate in less than half of the Arizona average.

I’ve added a link to the AreaVibes web site, so you can research Scottsdale and the surrounding areas,

Scottsdale, AZ Livability Score

Scottsdale man wins Doritos Super Bowl commercial contest

I thought this was great Super Bowl commercial. And to find out, it was created as part of a contest and won by a photographer from Scottsdale!

For more details, read here:

Scottsdale man wins Doritos Super Bowl commercial contest

A Scottsdale wedding photographer and videographer turned his $300 commercial into a $1 million payday when he won the grand prize in Doritos’ Crash the Super Bowl contest.

Ryan Andersen directed the 30-second spot,  <more>

Seems kind of perfect since the Super Bowl will be held in Glendale, Arizona this year.  Scottsdale is already ramping up for this huge event.  Here are few web sites you can check out.

Labor Day in Scottsdale 2013

US Flag Scottsdale Labor Day 2013

Labor Day in Scottsdale, like the rest of the nation, symbolizes the end of summer, even though we’ve got at least one more month of hot weather.  A lot of locals head north to the mountains or west to the California beaches to celebrate, but many folks stay at home.

If you are one of Scottsdale residents staying close to home for the holiday weekend, you might enjoy one of these holiday weekend events.

Saturday, August 31st: Phoenix Cooks! at Kierland Commons

For one day, the Valley’s best chefs convene to share a variety of vibrant ingredients combined into the tastiest dishes that will intrigue the pallet, enhance your culinary experience and benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Sunday, September 1st: Joe Satriani at Talking Stick

Guitar hero and instrumental rock god Joe Satriani will take the Talking Stick Resort Ballroom stage to support the launch of his brand new album. Unstoppable Momentum and its first single, "A Door Into Summer," feature the incredible twin-guitar harmonies, wild solos and emotional fervor that have won Satriani fans in his three-decade long career.

Monday, September 2nd: Labor Day shopping at Scottsdale Fashion Square

It’s interesting to discover that Labor Day is one of the biggest retail days of the year, so if you’re in the mood for some shopping, Fashion Square will have some great sales and cools temps inside.

And if you in the mood to do a little home shopping, you can start here!

Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend.

Sunrise at Chaparral Park

Chaparral Park Sunrise, Scottsdale, AZ

I caught this morning sunrise as I was riding through Chaparral Park Friday morning. Was such a striking view that I had to jump off my bike and snap this photo with my iPhone. Even captured a reflection of the moon, partially hidden by the clouds, in the lake.