PHOENIX -- Drivers traveling north of the Valley need to make plans to get around some freeway closures the first two weekends in June. The Arizona Department of Transportation will shut down the I-17, north of the Loop 101.
Construction crews are scheduled to install a new pedestrian bridge over the freeway. When the $1.8 million project is complete, the bridge will allow users of the nearby Central Arizona Project (CAP) trail to travel over the Black Canyon Freeway. ADOT says this project is paid for with federal transportation enhancement funds.
As a result of this work, northbound I-17, along with its frontage road, will but shut down between Happy Valley Road and the Loop 303 from Friday (June 1), 11:30 p.m. until Saturday, 4 a.m. (June 2).
According to ADOT, anyone driving in the area during the closure will be directed along an 18-mile detour. Northbound traffic will have to exit the I-17 at Happy Valley Road. Drivers can travel westbound, then head north on Lake Pleasant parkway, and finally eastbound on the Loop 303. That will eventually lead motorists back to the I-17. ADOT is advising drivers to check their fuel levels if they will be traveling through the area.
This detour route will be in effect in reverse the following weekend. The other sections of the bridge will be installed June 8th and 9th. That will mean the southbound side if I-17, along with the southbound frontage road, will be closed during the same time period (Friday 11:30 p.m. to Saturday 4 a.m.)