Paving set for mid-March on I-17 between Peoria, 19th avenues

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Overview odf the project. (Source: Arizona Department of Transportation) Overview odf the project. (Source: Arizona Department of Transportation)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Motorists will soon face a series of weekend closures on parts of Interstate 17 when rubberized asphalt paving begins.

The closures will run from mid-March to early June, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The paving will occur between Peoria and 19th avenues as part of ADOT's $9.8 million I-17 improvement project. It started last fall with sidewalk and wheelchair ramp upgrades at cross-street interchanges.

Crews will begin paving the weekend of March 17 to 20, when southbound I-17 will be closed between Peoria and Glendale avenues.

Plans call for weekend closures to continue along southbound I-17 before crews begin resurfacing the northbound side of the freeway. 

I-17 will be closed one direction at a time for nearly three-mile stretches each weekend while the paving takes place. Drivers should consider alternate routes, including State Route 51 or Loop 101, while I-17 is closed. 

Travelers can expect heavy backups and delays when I-17 traffic is detoured to the freeway's frontage roads or, in areas without frontage roads, to 19th Avenue.

Closures will not be scheduled on the weekend of March 31-April 3 when the NCAA's Final Four college basketball events are taking place. I-17 also will remain open over the Memorial Day weekend in late May.

Other work includes I-17 drainage improvements near Durango Street, new signs and concrete-barrier upgrades.

ADOT will provide updates on the I-17 resurfacing and scheduled closures on the agency's website and Twitter feed (@ArizonaDOT). Sign up for email alerts by visiting azdot.gov/I17PavementPreservation

The schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather.

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