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Wed, July 17

Resurfacing project on I-17 gets under way

PRESCOTT - The Arizona Department of Transportation is in the early stages of a pavement preservation project on the southbound lanes of I-17 between the Sunset Point rest area and Black Canyon City.

ADOT plans to mill the asphalt, rehabilitate the existing asphalt, extend box culverts and pipes, improve guardrails, and install new signage and pavement markings.

The project should be complete by January 2010.

Throughout this week, drivers on the interstate can expect to deal with a number of traffic interruptions.

For instance, nighttime southbound traffic should be prepared to have a pilot car lead it down to Black Canyon City. According to a press release from ADOT, crews will have six pilot cars in a rotation leading groups of cars and truck down the hill at speeds of about 40 miles per hour.

Drivers should also expect a lane closure of the left lane every night Monday through Friday between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. to allow space for crews to excavate adjacent slopes and prepare for other improvements as part of the overall resurfacing project.

ADOT will also require large trucks traveling south on I-17 to stop on the Sunset Point frontage road for a brake check.

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