Thursday, September 7, 2017

Traffic restrictions scheduled at two I-17 interchanges this weekend for wrong-way vehicle detection system installation

Phoenix drivers should plan for traffic restrictions at the Interstate 17 interchanges at Camelback and Bethany Home roads this weekend, as work continues to install the pilot wrong-way vehicle detection and warning system.

The Arizona Department of Transportation’s $3.7 million thermal-camera based project is designed to alert ADOT and the Department of Public Safety immediately if a wrong-way vehicle is detected along a 15-mile stretch of I-17. Drivers should plan for possible delays and use alternate routes as crews work to mount thermal cameras, install fiber-optic cable and rewire control cabinets:

· Camelback Road will be closed in both directions at I-17 from 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, until noon Saturday, Sept. 9. Both I-17 off-ramps at Camelback Road will also be closed.

· Bethany Home Road will be closed in both directions at I-17 from 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, until noon Sunday, Sept. 10. Both I-17 off-ramps at Bethany Home Road will also be closed.

Drivers are encouraged to avoid these areas and use alternate routes. Traffic on Camelback Road and Bethany Home Road that approaches I-17 will be required to make right turns onto the freeway’s frontage road or on-ramps.

Restrictions will be scheduled at other I-17 interchanges between I-10 northwest of downtown and Loop 101 in north Phoenix as the project continues over the next few months. Following installation and testing, the system will be fully operational by early next year.

For more information about this project, visit www.azdot.gov/projects/central-district-projects/i-17-wrong-way-detection-system.

Project schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For more information, please call the ADOT Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or email Projects@azdot.gov. For real-time highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT’s Traveler Information Site at www.az511.gov, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511,except while driving.

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