Road work will cause I-17 lane restrictions through late May

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PHOENIX -- Portions of Interstate 17 in north Phoenix will be restricted for the next several weeks while Arizona Department of Transportation crews work on creating a smoother ride.

Between April 17 and late May, sections of I-17 will be narrowed to one or two lanes in either direction from Loop 101 to New River Road while crews resurface the highway with rubberized asphalt.

Drivers can expect around-the-clock lane restrictions at various locations.

ADOT will keep drivers informed about the lane restrictions using highway message signs, posting daily updates on www.azdot.gov as well as the 5-1-1 travel information system. ADOT also has a Twitter address, www.twitter.com/ArizonaDOT, to provide drivers with project updates.

Warmer weather in the Phoenix area allows the proper conditions for adding a new top layer of rubberized asphalt, which is made by adding small pieces of recycled tire rubber to a hot asphalt mixture. The weather in April and May provides the necessary temperatures for the rubberized asphalt to properly adhere to the existing highway pavement.