Stretch of I-17 to be closed overnight this weekend

Jun 7, 2012, 3:26 PM | Updated: 3:27 pm

Overnight drivers on Interstate 17 should be prepared for an 18-mile detour while a pedestrian bridge is being constructed in early June, the Arizona Department of Transportation said in a press release.

The new footbridge will be constructed just north of Jomax Road and will close the freeway overnight Friday.

Drivers who are going north on I-17 will be asked to exit at Happy Valley Road and head west to Lake Pleasant Parkway, then head north to the Loop 303 and then east to reconnect to I-17.

Drivers who are going south on I-17 will be asked to take the Loop 303 west to Lake Pleasant Parkway, then head south to Happy Valley Road, then east to reconnect with I-17.

The construction was scheduled to miss the Memorial Day holiday traffic.

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Stretch of I-17 to be closed overnight this weekend