Workers with the Arizona Department of Transportation will have one set of off-ramps shut down each night this week as they install a new wrong-way driver detection system. Both northbound and southbound ramps will be shut down overnight for the following intersections at the dates below:
- I-17 off-ramps at Camelback Road closed from 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19
- I-17 off-ramps at Bethany Home Road closed from 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, to 5 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20
- I-17 off-ramps at Glendale Avenue closed from 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, to 5 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21
- I-17 off-ramps at Northern Avenue closed from 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, to 5 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22
ADOT expects the new thermal camera system to be up and running early next year. Once the $3.7-million system is installed, the thermal cameras will be able to detect vehicles that enter the freeway via exit ramps. The system will then alert police, ADOT and drivers who may be affected. Signs will also begin flashing along the exit ramps in an effort to get the wrong-way driver's attention.
Read more about ADOT's new thermal camera system here.