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Why are flags at half-staff today, Jan. 15, 2019
Fallen officer’s procession travels Loop 101 Tuesday morning

Flags have been ordered at half-staff at all government buildings from sunrise to sunset.

Flags have been ordered at half-staff at all government buildings from sunrise to sunset.


Clayton Townsend (Salt River Police Department)

Governor Doug Ducey has ordered that flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 for the interment of Officer Clayton Townsend who died in the line of duty last week.

Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to join in this tribute.

Fallen officer’s procession on Loop 101 Tuesday

Expect temporary closures, stopped traffic from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

A funeral procession for a fallen Salt River police officer will travel along several miles of Loop 101 from the East Valley to north Peoria on Tuesday morning, Jan. 15, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers, supported by personnel from ADOT, will conduct the temporary traffic stops as the procession for Officer Clayton Townsend enters northbound Loop 101 at McDowell Road in the Scottsdale area.

Drivers should prepare for delays between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Tuesday due to temporary rolling closures of northbound and westbound Loop 101, as well as freeway entrance ramps. The procession will travel to a service for Officer Townsend to be held at Christ’s Church of the Valley, 7007 W. Happy Valley Road.

Vehicles in the procession will exit westbound Loop 101 at 67th Avenue in the northwest Valley.

Drivers should allow extra travel time and consider adjusting their travel plans to avoid the temporary rolling closures along the Loop 101 procession route.

In addition to traffic being temporarily held at cross-street on-ramps to Loop 101, some freeway-to-freeway ramps also will be closed at times. Those are the northbound State Route 51 ramp to westbound Loop 101 and the north- and southbound I-17 ramps to westbound Loop 101.

Information provided by Arizona Department of Administration and Arizona Department of Transportation

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