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I-17 ramps to close for wrong-way detection system install

Signs warning drivers not to enter are shown on the Kyrene exit of the Loop 202, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 in Chandler, Ariz. Arizona transportation officials are responding to a flurry of deadly wrong-way crashes with a plan for a test project on a Phoenix freeway that includes using sensors to detect wrong-way drivers and alert authorities and other motorists. (AP Photo/Matt York)

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Department of Transportation says it’ll close several I-17 off-ramps next week to install a wrong-way driver detection system.

The overnight closures will impact Camelback Road on Monday night through Tuesday morning; Bethany Home Road on Tuesday through Wednesday; Glendale Avenue from Wednesday through Thursday and Northern Avenue from Thursday to Friday.

The project will cost $3.7 million and comes after several fatal wrong-way crashes, including one in August that left four people dead after a 19-year-old Casa Grande man drove on the wrong side of I-17. The four killed were California residents who were driving to the Grand Canyon.

ADOT’s new system includes thermal cameras designed to detect wrong-way cars on I-17 and an alert system for drivers and police.

Wrong-way crashes have caused at least 12 deaths in Arizona so far this year.

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