An oil tanker rollover has triggered a closure of Interstate 17 northbound in New River that is expected to last most of Thursday, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT).
An ADOT news release Thursday morning stated that drivers traveling from Phoenix to northern Arizona destinations such as Flagstaff will need to use alternate routes Thursday through Prescott or Payson, and plan for extended travel times.
The Prescott route involves using Highway 60 from the Phoenix area to Wickenburg, where drivers will turn onto Highway 93 until reaching Highway 89. Once taking Highway 89 into Prescott, drivers can take Highway 69 to Dewey, and then Highway 169 to return to I-17.
For the Payson route, drivers should take Highway 87 from the Mesa or Fountain Hills area, and then about 20 miles north of Payson, drivers should turn northwest on Highway 260 to return to I-17 in Camp Verde.
"Drivers should expect extra traffic on either of these alternate routes today due to the I-17 closure," the ADOT news release stated.
ADOT reports that "there is no estimated time to reopen northbound lanes of I-17 while a hazardous materials crew responds to the tanker rollover."
Southbound lanes of I-17 are unaffected and remain open.