Near downtown Phoenix, the I-17 will be closed for bridge work on August 30 and 31

Scott Murdoch

PHOENIX, AZ - I-17 will be closed at night in downtown Phoenix due to bridge repairs. On August 30 and 31, crews will take the next step in completing the new Central Avenue bridge.

ADOT's $13.5 million project to build a new I-17 bridge over Central Avenue is still moving forward. The project began in May 2020 and is expected to be completed by fall 2021.

As part of work to allow traffic to move to the new northbound side of the soon-to-be-completed bridge over Central Ave., a section of I-17 south of downtown Phoenix will be closed on Monday and Tuesday evenings (Aug. 30-31).

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, northbound I-17 will be closed overnight between the I-10 "Split" junction at Sky Harbor Airport and Seventh Avenue from 9 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday (Aug. 31) and 9 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday (Sept. 1). In the downtown area, there will be a detour on westbound I-10, and vehicles will be able to access I-17 at the Stack junction west of 19th Avenue.

From 10 p.m. Tuesday until 4 a.m. Wednesday, southbound I-17 will be closed between Seventh Avenue and Seventh Street, south of downtown Phoenix (Sept. 1). There will also be a closure of the I-17 ramp on 19th Avenue going south. You can take an eastern I-10 diversion through downtown.

Two lanes of northbound I-17 traffic will be shifted onto the newly reconstructed north side of the bridge during the overnight closures scheduled for Monday and Tuesday nights. Freeway traffic is currently sharing the new southbound section of the bridge as part of phased development.

Depending on the weather or other factors, the closing schedule may be changed.

When future financing becomes available, the new bridge will be larger to meet regional plans for extra lanes along I-17. The bridge will enhance clearance for commercial vehicles and Valley Metro's proposed South Central Avenue light-rail line on Central Avenue.

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