Updating the Interstate 17 Highway Improvements – Bill Williams


Costs have risen but Arizona will have its first “flex lanes”
We thought it was time to update you on the I-17 Improvement project which affects us all, whether getting tourists and outdoorsmen here and there or the trucking of goods and services.
As is with all government construction projects, whether an F-35 jet or a highway renovation, there is always scope creep – or what requirements increase costs over a project’s lifecycle. Since our first report on the “Black Canyon Highway” earlier this year, the state legislature appropriated an additional $76 million in funding mostly due to changes in federal permitting that led to additional costs, according to Arizona Department of Transportation spokesperson Laura Douglas.
We can show you what the $446 million Kiewit-Fann Joint Venture (dubbed by ADOT) is accomplishing on our state’s major corridor by linking you to ADOT videos in this report.
ADOT says crews are making significant progress to improve the 23-mile drive between Anthem Way and Sunset Point. And if you do travel ‘the zone’ you will see excavated rock and dirt looking like various sorted mountains of debris that will be used, somewhere on the project.
At the southern end of the project, near Anthem, AZ you may have seen construction crews grading the area in the median betwe …

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