Ask any driver what their least favorite thing is about driving in Phoenix and nine out of ten will tell you: construction.
You don't have to drive very far in the valley before you encounter a lane restriction, closure, or detour. This is both a good thing and a bad thing for drivers.
Although it is frustrating when it takes longer to get where you're going, one must remember that we are fortunate to live in a place where the roads are actively maintained, and not simply left to ruin. So who's behind the cones and barricades? ADOT.
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is responsible for the maintenance and construction of new and existing public roads all over the state. In fact, they have nine major improvement projects scheduled for Interstate 17 over the next 17 years. Starting at the Deer Valley Road interchange, there will be a new, wider bridge to accommodate the additional lanes of travel being added by other projects.
We will also see new exits at Jomax Rd and Dixileta Rd, and the addition of an HOV lane up to Carefree Highway. The whole project is divided into four Phases, which are supposed to be completed by the year 2025. There are even rumors of a Park and Ride System to be constructed at Interstate 17 and Happy Valley Road by 2010.
There is a ton of useful information on the ADOT website about this and other road construction projects. You can find out what's going on now and what to expect in the future. Master plans for the valley's freeway system are available, as well as alternate route research and studies. For drivers all over the valley, check out the ADOT website for all the latest information.
Visit: ADOT Website