The Arizona Department of Transportation has extended the schedule for the final paving on a nine-mile stretch of Interstate 17 between Middle Verde Road in Camp Verde and State Route 179 (Sedona turnoff) due to an equipment breakdown. Paving is now scheduled for completion Wednesday, Sept. 5.
The project work hours have also been changed to between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. due to overnight temperatures that are too low for successful application of rubberized asphalt pavement. No work is scheduled through Labor Day.
Drivers can expect the following impacts:
Tuesday, Sept. 4: The northbound off and on ramps at State Route 179 will be closed between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and the northbound ramps at the McGuireville traffic interchange (milepost 293) will be closed between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. to complete paving on the ramps. DETOUR: Northbound drivers on I-17 headed to Sedona will need to continue eight miles north to the Stoneman Lake exit, turn around, and go south to the Sedona turnoff. Drivers headed to Flagstaff from Sedona will need to go south to the McGuireville traffic interchange, turn around, and head north on I-17. In addition to work on the ramps, the northbound right lane will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to complete paving throughout the project.
Wednesday, Sept. 5: The southbound off and on ramps at SR 179 will be closed between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and the southbound McGuireville rest area will be closed between 8 a.m. and noon to allow crews to complete paving the ramps. DETOUR: Southbound drivers on I-17 headed toward Sedona will need to continue five miles south to the McGuireville traffic interchange, turn around, and head north on I-17 to the off ramp at SR 179. Drivers heading south on I-17 from SR 179 will need to go north eight miles to the Stoneman Lake exit, turn around, and head south on I-17.
The detours will be clearly marked by temporary barricades and signage.
The $4.2 million improvement project includes the removal of a layer of the existing pavement, repaving the roadway, guardrail replacement and bridge repair. The project, which began on July 1, is scheduled to be completed before the end of September.