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ADOT paving project currently focusing on northbound I-17, north of New River


Elizabeth Medora

NEW RIVER – As part of an ongoing pavement-improvement project along I-17 between New River and Coldwater Roads, the Arizona Department of Transportation will be working on the northbound side of I-17 over the next two months. The paving project will encompass 13 miles in length, between mileposts 232 and 245.

In a special release to The Foothills Focus, ADOT representatives stated that crews will be working to remove and replace a layer of the existing pavement along northbound I-17, which will require the highway to be restricted to one lane during the mostly overnight work. The contractor plans to work from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights, so if you’re traveling north at night on those days, be prepared for construction delays.

According to the ADOT release, work on this $10.8 million project began last year with the resurfacing of the southbound lanes between Coldwater Canyon and New River roads. Crews will complete the paving in both directions later this spring when warmer weather allows for the addition of a final top layer of smooth, durable rubberized asphalt along the highway.

Fann Contracting, Inc. is assisting with this ADOT project. Senior Project Manager David Gregson said via email that the project work includes milling and replacing the asphalt in both travel lanes, from New River Rd. to Coldwater Rd.

“Milling is removing a portion of the asphalt using a milling machine which has a large spinning drum covered in teeth to remove a specified depth of asphalt only,” Gregson explained.

“We are also milling and repaving a portion of the ramps and crossroads at each traffic interchange,” Gregson said.

 New River residents may have noticed Fann Contracting work trucks near the northbound I-17 on-ramp at New River, in the same area as the planned gas station construction. However, the Fann Contracting trucks are solely there for the road maintenance project, and there’s no connection to the gas station project.

According to Gregson, the I-17 maintenance project will include reconstructing the existing guardrail to include new posts and adding guardrail in some areas to provide additional protection for the traveling public. The side barriers on some of the bridges are also being replaced with concrete barriers.

ADOT states that the entire project, including final lane striping, is scheduled for completion by this summer. ADOT will be providing periodic updates on the project’s schedule and planned restrictions.