Flooding closes portions of Phoenix-area highwaysPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX – Flooding made traveling on Phoenix-area highways difficult for motorists on Tuesday.
Heavy rain and flooding have closed portions of Loop 303 and state Route 74 in north Phoenix, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Loop 303 is closed from lake Pleasant Road to Interstate 17. SR74 is closed in both directions from lake Pleasant Road to Archery Drive, about three miles west of I-17.
ADOT is urging drivers to delay travel in that area due to the flooding and mudslides.
It is unknown when these roads will reopen.
ADOT closed a portion of I-17 North at Happy Valley Road Tuesday morning because flood waters were covering the roadway. All lanes reopened at about 1:30 p.m.
ADOT spokesman Doug Nintzel said flood waters blocked the right side of northbound I-17 at Dixileta Drive for part of the day.
Carefree Highway was closed west of I-17 due to the flooding.
I-17 South remained open throughout the day.
I-17 North was closed from Loop 303 to Table Mesa during during the late morning. One lane was still blocked Tuesday afternoon.
I-17 North, all lanes open at Happy Valley. Still just one lane open from L-303 to Table Mesa.— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) August 19, 2014
Some good news: I-17 North, left lane has opened from L-303 to Table Mesa. Right lanes remain closed. Expect delays. Be careful!— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) August 19, 2014
I-17 NORTH: Closure area has expanded, now from L-303 to Table Mesa (mile 222-236) for flooding. Also, ONLY HOV lane open at Happy Valley.— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) August 19, 2014
I-17 North, the HOV lane has reopened at Happy Valley. Right three lanes remain closed.— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) August 19, 2014
SR 74 is closed about 3 miles west of I-17 (mile 28) because of flooding.— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) August 19, 2014
CLOSED: I-17 North is now closed at Happy Valley because of flooding. No indication when it will reopen.— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) August 19, 2014
I-17 North at Dixileta, flood water are blocking the right side of the freeway. HOV lane is open. Avoid the area if you can.— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) August 19, 2014