PHOENIX (AP) – State officials signed a contract with a team of developers to build additional lanes and other improvements along an often-congested 23-mile stretch of Interstate 17 , especially on weekends and holidays.
The Kiewit-Fann joint venture’s team of developers are expected to begin construction on the nearly $ 446 million project between Anthem and Sunset Point north of Phoenix in 2022, with work expected to take about three years, the Department of Finance said Thursday. Arizona Transportation.
The project includes 15 miles (24 kilometers) of highway widening between Anthem and Black Canyon City and eight miles (nearly 13 kilometers) of new flexible lanes from Black Canyon City to Sunset Point, ADOT said.
The new flexible lanes will be able to carry traffic in both directions and are intended to help reduce congestion during rush hours and allow traffic in an emergency, ADOT said.
The Kiewit-Fann joint venture, which includes construction and engineering firms, was selected from two other finalists, ADOT said.
According to ADOT, most lane closures for the project will be scheduled for weekday evenings and early mornings, although construction zones are active seven days a week.
The total cost of the project is $ 445,940,000 and includes the developer’s construction cost and ADOT’s cost to administer the project, the transport agency said.
Funding for the project comes from the state, federal government and County of Maricopa, ADOT said.
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