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Stretch of 215 to Close for 10 Days
Stretch of 215 to Close for 10 Days


A stretch of the 215 beltway in the northern part of the valley will close for 10 days for drainage work.

The road from Decatur Boulevard to Aliante Parkway will close at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, and is set to reopen at 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 23, after a new drainage channel is installed under the beltway.

Eastbound traffic will be detoured south (right) onto Decatur Boulevard; then east (left) onto Ann Road; and then north (another left) onto Simmons Street, which becomes Aliante Parkway before reconnecting with the Beltway.

Westbound traffic will be detoured south (left) onto Aliante Parkway; then west (right) onto Ann Road; and then north (right) onto Decatur Boulevard to reconnect with the Beltway.

Drivers are encouraged to take alternate routes during this closure to reduce the amount of traffic along the detour route. Large electronic message boards will be placed along the beltway in advance of the closure to notify people of this major closure.

To install this drainage channel, construction crews will dig up the road and dig down 36 feet where they will install a line of massive reinforced concrete boxes (15 feet by 9 feet each).

This drainage channel installation project is part of a larger $116 million beltway improvement project that will turn the beltway into a nonstop, four-lane freeway from Aliante Parkway to Tenaya Way. As part of this larger project, new highway interchanges will be built at Jones and Decatur boulevards, and a new bridge will carry Bradley Road over the freeway.

Work on this project began last month and will take about two and a half years to complete. Periodic lane and road closures will occur during this time. When finished, commuters will see improved traffic flow across the northern 215 beltway as there will be more than 7 miles of nonstop freeway from just east of U.S. 95 to Losee Road.