Traffic reopens on NB I-17 north of Black Canyon City after truck carrying beam overturns

Jul 1, 2024, 5:35 AM | Updated: 5:42 am

PHOENIX — Traffic reopened on northbound Interstate 17 north of Black Canyon City, according to a Monday morning announcement.

A closure went in place on Saturday after a truck carrying a 70,000-pound beam overturned, the Arizona Department of Transportation said.

ADOT initially closed both northbound lanes of the highway running from Phoenix to the high country around 4:30 p.m. Saturday before reopening the left lane about a half-hour later.

The department said removing the beam required special equipment, such as large cranes and other heavy tools. This resulted in a full closure of the northbound lanes Sunday night for around four hours, beginning at 8 p.m.

The crash occurred near Bumble Bee Road on an uphill stretch about three miles north of Black Canyon City, within ADOT’s I-17 Improvement Project, which aims to increase capacity near Sunset Point.

Drivers planning to take the route Sunday were told to clear the area before or after the 8 p.m. closure, ADOT said.

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This is an updated version of a story originally published on June 30, 2024.

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Traffic reopens on NB I-17 north of Black Canyon City after truck carrying beam overturns