September 27, 2012
After breaking ground in March 2011, the Arizona Department of Transportation has nearly completed a project to reconstruct the Interstate 17 traffic interchange at Munds Park, approximately 20 miles south of Flagstaff.
Construction on the new I-17 bridges and ramps as well as the repaving of the ramps, bridge decks, and Pinewood Boulevard is complete. Southbound I-17 traffic is currently being detoured to northbound I-17. Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 2, traffic will be rerouted back to the southbound lanes. After the shift, traffic will continue to be restricted to one lane in both directions while crews remove the temporary crossovers, work on guardrail, and complete other work
Work hours are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, Oct. 1 - 5.
Crews will return in summer 2013 to apply the top layer of asphalt pavement when weather conditions are ideal for that work.
The $10 million improvement project included reconstructing the southbound and northbound I-17 bridges and ramps, and the realignment of Pinewood Boulevard beneath I-17. ADOT replaced two 25-foot long bridges that were built in 1958 and constructed two new bridges measuring 100-feet long. The new interchange will provide room for future widening of I-17 and will enhance safety for drivers and pedestrians.
The speed limit is reduced throughout the construction zone and drivers are reminded to slow down, proceed through the work zone with caution, and be alert for construction equipment and crews.
ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule.
For more information about this project please visit www.azdot.gov/statewide or contact Mackenzie Kirby, Flagstaff District Senior Community Relations Officer, at 928.779.7554. Local media should contact the ADOT Public Information Office at 1.800.949.8057. Visit us on facebook or our web site for more information about ADOT. For more information about ADOT projects and programs across Arizona see the agency's latest blog posts.