ARIZONA Bound for the Weekend?
MEMORIAL DAY >>Wide-loads
Interstate-8 or Interstate-40
EDITOR’s Note: My friend Terri Kasinga, CALTRANS PIO keeps me informed
about road conditions, so that we can relay the information to motorists,
especially traveling the highways of SoCal. You may recall the many times Terri
was a guest on Channel 6 in Big Bear Lake; giving us ‘heads-up’ info for safety
on our mountain roads. Because I have family in Northern Arizona, as many friends
in the San Bernardinos do, we appreciate the Traffic Alert from Terri
Kasinga! E T RUSSELL
Phoenix, Arizona____ Reconstruction of the Ehrenberg Port of Entry on Eastbound
Interstate-10 near the California state line will mean delays for most drivers
and a detour for loads wider than 10 feet after the holiday weekend.
Tuesday May 30th,
I-10 Eastbound will be reduced to a single, 10-foot lane at the port, about
three miles east of the Colorado River.
returning to Arizona from California should expect delays, especially on Memorial Day-Monday at the end of the holiday
through Monday May 29th, California Highway Patrol Officers will
escort wide loads through the Ehrenberg Port of Entry area.
May 30th, vehicles more than 10 feet wide will need to find
an alternate route, such as Interstate-8 to the south, or Interstate-40 to the
That restriction, which applies to vehicles with
wide-load permits, is expected to remain in place through the end of September
The Arizona Department of Transportation
is reconstructing the port, including constructing a new operations building, a
new credentials booth and a new auxiliary lane, along with other improvements.
The $14.5 million project began in March 2017 and is expected to be completed
by Summer 2018.
One Eastbound lane will remain open
throughout the project.
Westbound travel isn’t restricted.
The Ehrenberg Port of Entry, which conducts safety inspections for commercial
vehicles, will remain open through the project. Each year more than 930,000
commercial vehicles pass through the port, where officers issue necessary
permits, and monitor all commercial traffic entering the state for
registration, taxes, size and weight restrictions, commercial driver license
requirements, insurance requirements and equipment safety requirements.
Arizona Department of Transportation
California Transportation District 8