Sat, Sept. 21

ADOT: Drivers key to reducing I-17 crashes north of Phoenix

PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Transportation seeks to identify and fund projects that will increase capacity on I-17 north of Phoenix, and urges drivers to avoid the poor decisions and inattention behind so many of the crashes that result in closures and backups – and worse, injuries and fatalities.

The steep, winding stretch of I-17 between Black Canyon City and Sunset Point is one of ADOT’s priorities for improvements, according to a news release.

ADOT Director John Halikowski says no widening project or highway safety measure can be as effective as drivers obeying speed limits, avoiding distractions, and driving with patience. A recent analysis stated in a release found that the driver violation cited in more than 40 percent of I-17 crashes in the Black Canyon City area was “speed too fast for conditions.”  

ADOT will launch an I-17 safety project in 2017 focused on the area between New River Road and Sunset Point Rest Area, according to the release. The project will add several electronic “speed feedback” signs with digital displays that show drivers how fast they are traveling compared to the speed limit, said ADOT. New signs alerting drivers to highway curves will be installed, along with four overhead message signs to inform drivers of traffic conditions, the release stated.

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