I-17 to be closed overnight

Interstate 17 will be closed during overnight hours next week in Camp Verde as crews work to build a new, wider bridge at the I-17/Arizona 260 interchange.

The Arizona Department of Transportation says I-17 will be closed in both directions at Arizona 260 in Camp Verde Tuesday night (Jan. 21), Wednesday night (Jan. 22) and Thursday night (Jan. 23) from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. each night.

All I-17 traffic will exit and re-enter the highway at the 260 interchange in Camp Verde (I-17 exit 287). Officers from the Arizona Department of Public Safety and flaggers will help direct traffic through the I-17/SR 260 interchange.

Crews will work during the overnight hours to set concrete girders for the first half of the new SR 260 Bridge over I-17. When construction is completed, the new bridge will provide two through lanes in each direction on Arizona 260 plus left turn lanes to enter I-17.

Drivers will continue using the existing SR 260 Bridge while the first half of the new bridge is being built. Traffic then will be shifted to the new bridge section, the existing bridge will be demolished and the remainder of the new bridge will be built.

The bridge work is part of the project to build Arizona 260 as a new five-lane roadway on a new alignment located approximately one mile west of the current path through downtown Camp Verde.

The new alignment of Arizona 260 will feature two lanes in each direction plus a center turn lane starting at I-17 and extending nearly one mile past the Verde River Bridge.

Ames Constructions, Inc., of Burnsville, Minn., is the primary contractor on the $24.4 million project to build a new, wider bridge at the I-17/SR 260 interchange and realign a five-mile section of Arizona 260 in Camp Verde.

The project is scheduled for completion in early 2005.

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