Weeknight closures on I-17 north of Phoenix will impede traffic for months

Nov 28, 2022, 4:00 PM
(Arizona Department of Transportation Photo)...
(Arizona Department of Transportation Photo)
(Arizona Department of Transportation Photo)

PHOENIX – Interstate 17 north of Phoenix will be closed several nights a week well into next year so crews can blast rocks to make space for new lanes.

Segments of I-17 between Anthem Way and Sunset Point will be closed in both directions two to three nights a week, Mondays-Thursdays, for the next eight months, the Arizona Department of Transportation said Monday.

The first closures are set for 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, when I-17 will be shut down between Bumblebee Road and Sunset Point.

The actual closure times could vary depending on the blast site, traffic conditions and other circumstances. The window for the blast work is from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

The I-17 Improvement Project to increase capacity over 23 miles of freeway between Anthem and Sunset Point is expected to take three years at a cost of $446 million.

The project will widen I-17 between Anthem and Black Canyon City and add flex lanes between Black Canyon City and Sunset Point.

The flex portion will operate as a separate two-lane roadway open to one direction of traffic at a time, depending on need.

ADOT will post details about closures and lane restrictions on the project’s website. The site also has a link to sign up for email project updates.

Restrictions that could interfere with travel won’t be scheduled weekends or holidays.

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Weeknight closures on I-17 north of Phoenix will impede traffic for months