ARIZONA NEWS

Central Avenue bridge replacement could impact I-17 traffic for over a year

Apr 30, 2020, 4:15 AM
Central Avenue bridge i-17...
(Arizona Department of Transportation Photo)
(Arizona Department of Transportation Photo)

PHOENIX – Drivers should expect restrictions and delays on Interstate 17 south of downtown Phoenix for the next year-plus because of a major bridge replacement project, authorities said.

The Arizona Department of Transportation said work on the I-17 bridge over Central Avenue will begin this weekend. The $13.5 million project is scheduled to be completed in fall of 2021.

The first detour will be in effect from 10 p.m. Friday until 3 a.m. Sunday, with southbound I-17 closing at Seventh Avenue.

Both I-10 ramps to southbound I-17 and the southbound I-17 on-ramps at Grant Street, 19th Avenue and Seventh Avenue will be closed at the same time.

Southbound traffic that exits I-17 at Seventh Avenue will be able to stay on the service road and return to the freeway at Seventh Street.

Northbound I-17 will then be closed from the split interchange near Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport through Seventh Avenue from 3 a.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday.

Traffic can detour through downtown on I-10 in both directions to avoid the closures, as well as other restrictions over the course of the project.

I-17 will reduced to two lanes in each direction, with work zones, after this weekend.

The existing bridge was built in 1962. The replacement will increase clearance for commercial trucks and the future Valley Metro Central Avenue light rail line.

Get the latest KTAR News 92.3 FM traffic alerts sent straight to your phone by texting “TRAFFIC” to 411923.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 27, 2020 file photo, Medical personnel adjust their personal protecti...
KTAR.com

Arizona reports 2,482 new COVID-19 cases, 9 more deaths Saturday

Arizona health officials on Saturday reported 2,482 new COVID-19 cases and nine additional deaths from the disease.
10 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...
KTAR.com

Woman dies after being struck by vehicle in Phoenix

An adult woman was killed after getting struck by a vehicle near the intersection of East McDowell Road and North 26th Street in Phoenix on Friday night.
10 hours ago
(Facebook photo/City of Phoenix, AZ USA)...
KTAR.com

Phoenix adopts roadmap to cut emissions, reach net-zero goal by 2050

The city of Phoenix Tuesday approved a climate action plan with the goal of reaching net-zero by 2050 while also reducing 50% of emissions by 2030. 
10 hours ago
(Facebook photo/Special Olympics Arizona)...
KTAR.com

Special Olympics Arizona to kick off fall games next weekend

More than 1,000 Special Olympics athletes across the state will head to the Valley next weekend to compete in the 2021 Fall Games presented by Casino Arizona.
10 hours ago
(Facebook photo/Holiday Light Experience - Salt River Fields)...
KTAR.com

Tickets for Holiday Light Experience at Salt River Fields go on sale

People can begin buying their tickets now to the Holiday Light Experience at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale which is set to get underway in November.
10 hours ago
(Creative Commons)...
KTAR.com

FBI arrests woman who allegedly robbed 4 metro Phoenix banks

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has arrested a suspect accused of robbing four metro Phoenix banks in September and October.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Schwartz Laser Eye Center

How to sharpen your vision with elective procedures

Imagine opening your eyes in the morning and being able to see clearly. You wouldn’t have to wait to put on glasses or contacts, and there would be no more blurry showers nor forgetting where your glasses are.
...
Chris Kennedy

My Special Aflac Duck® taking flight in Arizona

For more than 65 years, Aflac has had the extraordinary opportunity and privilege to help provide peace of mind to individuals who have our supplemental insurance policies.
...
Day & Night Air

Tips to lower your energy bill in the Arizona heat

Does your summer electric bill make you groan? Are you looking for effective ways to reduce your bill?
Central Avenue bridge replacement could impact I-17 traffic for over a year