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Road work on I-17 takes Phoenix drivers by surprise, creates traffic jam

PHOENIX — Morning commuters got stuck in a backup on a Valley freeway Tuesday that outraged some and exasperated others when a major downtown exit ramp was closed.

Traffic was jammed all the way back to Interstate 10 West at 32nd Street.

The transportation department posted a notice Monday on Facebook that repair work would begin that evening.

*** TRAVEL ALERT *** Repair work on the Interstate 17 bridge over Seventh Street south of downtown Phoenix that requires…

Posted by Arizona Department of Transportation on Monday, July 6, 2015

The department tweeted out a reminder near the start of the morning rush hour:


The ramp will remain closed until July 17.