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Phoenix freeway restriction could impact Electric Light Parade traffic

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PHOENIX — Planning on attending the Electric Light Parade in central Phoenix this weekend? You might hit a few roadblocks on the way.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, the southbound Interstate 17 will be restricted near Seventh Avenue to allow crews to complete freeway bridge repairs.

This restriction will involve the freeway being narrowed to two lanes near Seventh Avenue from 9 p.m. on Friday to 5 a.m. on Monday. The street will also be closed in both directions at the I-17.

The department said this closure would continue over the next three weekends. The bridge was first damaged in October, when it was clipped by an oversized truck that was driving on the street.

One of the structural beams that was used in the bridge’s framework was heavily damaged and has since been removed. Crews will install a new beam this weekend, before completing repairs over the following weekend

The department said drivers who were planning on using northbound Seventh Avenue to attend the Electric Light Parade should use Seventh Street or Central and 19th avenues instead.

The parade is set to kick off at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Central and Montebello avenues. Officials are expecting as many as 100,000 people to attend the 31st consecutive parade.

The department also said Grand Avenue will be closed in 15 minute intervals near milepost 126 in the Wittmann area from 6 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday.

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