Drivers should avoid area if possible due to closure for paving
Phoenix AZ (September 23, 2020) – Drivers planning to use northbound Interstate 17 north of Loop 101 in Phoenix this weekend (Sept. 26-28) should consider alternate routes while the freeway is closed for paving, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Heavy traffic and delays can be expected when northbound I-17 is closed between Deer Valley and Jomax roads from 2 a.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Monday (Sept. 28).
The primary detour route will have northbound I-17 drivers exiting at Rose Garden Lane/Deer Valley Road and using eastbound Deer Valley Road to northbound 19th Avenue and westbound Jomax Road to return to the freeway.
Drivers should consider alternate detours, including northbound routes leading to SR 74/Carefree Highway, to avoid the northbound I-17 closure and delays.
Pinnacle Peak and Happy Valley roads will remain open to traffic crossing over I-17.
Crews will resurface northbound I-17 this weekend with a new layer of rubberized asphalt as another step toward completing a $50 million project to reconstruct the I-17 interchanges at Happy Valley and Pinnacle Peak roads. I-17 has been widened in both directions as part of the improvement project.
The I-17 project has included construction of a diverging diamond interchange at Happy Valley Road, which is scheduled for completion in mid-October.
Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov, by calling 511 and through ADOT’s Twitter feed, @ArizonaDOT. When a freeway closure or other major traffic event occurs, our free app available at ADOTAlerts.com will send critical information directly to app users in affected areas – where possible, in advance of alternate routes.