Friday, November 17, 2017

Bridge repair requires weekend restrictions and closures on Interstate 17, Seventh Avenue beginning Friday, Nov. 17

Crews begin task of replacing damaged girder

Southbound Interstate 17 will be narrowed to one or two lanes as needed at Seventh Avenue near downtown Phoenix from 9 p.m. Friday to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, for bridge-repair work. Drivers should expect delays and consider an alternate route, such as eastbound I-10.

Seventh Avenue beneath I-17 also will be impacted as follows:

Northbound Seventh Avenue will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19.
Southbound Seventh Avenue will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday to noon Saturday, Nov. 18.
Drivers should follow directional signage in the work zone and use Seventh Street, Central or 19th avenues as alternate routes.

Beginning Saturday night and continuing through December, the right shoulder on southbound I-17 will be closed. Northbound I-17 and the on- and off-ramps to north and southbound I-17 will not be impacted.

The Arizona Department of Transportation is beginning the first phase of a bridge-repair project. This weekend’s work includes setting temporary concrete barrier on I-17 and removing the bridge rail, deck and a damaged support beam – or girder – that was struck by an over-height vehicle last month.

In October, a truck hauling heavy machinery up Seventh Avenue hit the bridge and damaged the girder. ADOT bridge engineers inspected the site and determined the bridge is safe for drivers on I-17; however, the girder replacement is necessary to prevent debris from falling onto Seventh Avenue.

Since the incident occurred, Seventh Avenue has been narrowed to two lanes at I-17. It will re-open after this weekend’s work and remain open until mid-December, when crews return for phase two of the project which includes installing a new girder, replacing the bridge rail and deck and removing the temporary concrete barrier. ADOT will provide advance notification of next month’s restrictions when plans are finalized.

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.


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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