As it did for the first time on Memorial Day weekend this year and again over 4th of July, ADOT will reduce speed limits on a crash-prone stretch of I-17 north of Phoenix during the long Labor Day weekend, the agency announced today.
The speed limit will be lowered by 10 mph Friday, Sept. 1, on northbound I-17 between New River and Sunset Point Rest Area. Speed limits on the same stretch of southbound I-17 will be reduced by 10 mph on Monday, Sept. 4.
“Temporary signs will advise drivers of the lower speed limits,” ADOT said. “For example, areas where the speed limit is ordinarily 65 mph will have a speed limit of 55 mph. Throughout the holiday weekend, temporary electronic signs will remind drivers how fast they are going.”
The move is “an effort to reduce crashes and delays that result from speeding and driver inattention.”
The speed restrictions could not prevent what happened the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend, when a vehicle fire near Sunset Point caused a 25-mile backup, all the way to Anthem.
Meanwhile, ADOT won’t schedule construction closures on state highways from Friday through late Monday evening.