Building a high-profile, multi-level interchange drew a lot of attention from the public, and the Project Team received many requests from the public for tours of the project. The Project Team also had the privilege of providing guided tours to students from Metro Tech High School Construction program and Air Force Engineers at Luke Air Force base. In Spring 2013, the Project Team took each group to the top of the largest flyover bridge, giving them an aerial view of the entire project and most of Phoenix. They were able to see the construction of the I-10 WB Bridge, formwork being installed on McDowell Road Bridge abutments, excavation of Loop 303 subgrade, and a view of the falsework on Ramp WS. While on the bridge, a brief overview of the project was given and the Project Team answered questions from tour groups.
They also viewed the newly paved I-10 WB roadway between Sarival and Loop 303 where they saw firsthand the installation of barrier footings and a ground view of the falsework on-ramp WS. In Spring of 2014, students from Metro Tech High School Construction program came out again and suited up in essential safety gear to experience a full day on a live construction site. Project Engineers Reece Green and Tyler Reynvaan worked with the head of the Construction Program at Metro Tech, Rick Schapler, to coordinate the tours for the students. The opportunity to see the phasing integration of such a complex project as the I-10/SR 303L TI gave the students perspective on the reasons they practice measurement, construction blueprint reading, safety procedures, and problem solving. According to Rick, tours like this improve student focus and dedication in the classroom because they have experienced construction in
Together, from project development through construction, the Team successfully worked across multiple agencies and stakeholders in executing this unique and innovative project. Design, environmental clearances, and construction were delivered on time, and ahead of schedule. I-10/SR 303L Team highly won the 2014 AGC Build AZ Award.