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Drivers on I-17 in north Phoenix to be slowed by weekend freeway work

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PHOENIX — Drivers on Interstate 17 in north Phoenix and the new stretch of the Loop 202 in the East Valley will be disrupted by road restrictions this weekend.

I-17 will be closed in both directions between Deer Valley and Happy Valley roads from 10 p.m. Friday to 10 p.m. Sunday for removal of the existing Pinnacle Peak Road bridge as part of an interchange reconstruction project, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Pinnacle Peak Road will also be closed at the I-17 from 10 p.m. Friday to 10 p.m. Sunday.

The northbound I-17 off-ramp and southbound on-ramp at Pinnacle Peak Road are already closed for construction work and won’t reopen for several weeks.

In Ahwatukee, the Loop 202 Congressman Ed Pastor Freeway/Pecos Road interim lanes will be closed in both directions between 40th Street and 17th Avenue from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for traffic shifts and other construction.

The 22-mile stretch of freeway was renamed from the South Mountain Freeway in October to honor the late congressman and is expected to be completed in 2020.

The eastbound Ed Pastor Freeway lanes will also be closed between 40th Street and Interstate 10 from 9 p.m. Friday to noon Saturday.

When the restrictions are removed, traffic east of 17th Avenue will be moved onto six miles of the future freeway in a temporary configuration with two lanes in both directions.

In north Scottsdale, the Loop 101 Pima Freeway will be narrowed to two lanes in both directions between Scottsdale and Hayden roads from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for a freeway widening project.

Finally, the I-10 interchange at 43rd Avenue in west Phoenix will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Sunday for traffic signal work and other improvements.

Also during that time, 43rd Avenue will be closed in both directions between McDowell Road and Van Buren Street.

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