I-17 Northbound Re-Opens After Closure at New River

northbound I-17 closure
Traffic was stopped in northbound lanes of I-17 south of New River Road, seen here at about 10 a.m. on Monday, March 5, 2018. Several ADOT and law enforcement vehicles (one seen here) were along the highway south of the incident, in part slowing traffic down. Photos by Robert Roy Britt

Interstate 17 northbound closed north of New River Road Monday morning at around 9 a.m. for police activity related to hazardous materials. By 10 a.m. traffic was backed up to Anthem Way. The highway re-opened at about 10:25 a.m., with some delays expected until traffic clears out.

“This is due to a hazardous materials incident,” according to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

Northbound onramps to I-17 at Anthem Way and New River Road were closed during the incident. Southbound lanes were not affected.


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ADOT offered these alternate routes: SR 87 to SR 260 to Camp Verde or SR 74 to US 60 to US 93 to SR 89 to SR 69 to I-17.

A DPS vehicle appeared to be discouraging stuck northbound motorists from crossing the median just north of Anthem Way …
… as this driver did anyway.
traffic backup
ADOT provided this image of the Northbound backup, extending here south of Anthem Way.

NOTE: Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov, by calling 511 and through ADOT’s Twitter feed, @ArizonaDOT. When a freeway closure or other major traffic event occurs, our free app available at ADOTAlerts.com will send critical information directly to app users in affected areas – where possible, in advance of alternate routes. 
Robert Roy Britt
NoPho resident Robert Roy Britt has written for In&Out publications since its inception in 2005. Britt began his journalism career in New Jersey newspapers in the early 1990s. He later became a science writer and was editor-in-chief of the online media sites Space.com and Live Science. He has written four novels. Email the author.
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NoPho resident Robert Roy Britt has written for In&Out publications since its inception in 2005. Britt began his journalism career in New Jersey newspapers in the early 1990s. He later became a science writer and was editor-in-chief of the online media sites Space.com and Live Science. He has written four novels. Email the author.

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