Plan on I-17 closure if heading to Phoenix this weekend
Bridge removal means drivers should consider alternate routes Nov. 15-17
A stretch of Interstate 17 in north Phoenix will be closed this weekend, Nov. 15-17, while crews remove a bridge at Pinnacle Peak Road that the Arizona Department of Transportation is replacing with a new structure.
I-17 will be closed in both directions between Deer Valley and Happy Valley roads from 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, to 10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, according to a news release.
Drivers on southbound I-17 approaching the Phoenix area should allow extra travel time, expect heavy traffic and, to save time, consider alternate routes farther away from the primary detour route that will be in place for the I-17 closure.
Southbound I-17 traffic can detour by exiting to eastbound Jomax Road and using southbound 19th Avenue to westbound Deer Valley Road to reach I-17.
Meanwhile, northbound I-17 traffic can detour by exiting at Rose Garden Lane/Deer Valley Road and traveling east on Deer Valley Road, north on 19th Avenue and west on either Happy Valley or Jomax roads to reach I-17.
Crews will remove the old Pinnacle Peak Road bridge over I-17, which is being replaced by a new crossing that is being built as part of a $50 million project to reconstruct the freeway interchanges at Pinnacle Peak and Happy Valley roads. Plans call for Pinnacle Peak traffic to switch to a new bridge span over I-17 by Sunday evening, Nov. 17.
Pinnacle Peak Road will be closed at the same time of the I-17 weekend closure. All on- and off-ramps at the Pinnacle Peak interchange will be closed to traffic.
The demolition and removal of the old Pinnacle Peak Road bridge at I-17 will clear the way for a second span over the freeway to be added as part of the ongoing project. The side-by-side bridges will allow room for two through lanes and turn lanes in each direction when the project is completed in fall 2020.
The I-17/Happy Valley Road interchange also is undergoing reconstruction with the use of a diverging diamond design.
Information provided by the Arizona Department of Transportation.