Portions of Valley freeways will close this afternoon and Saturday morning for funeral processions

ADOT works to avoid freeway restrictions over holiday weekends, but special circumstances this afternoon and tomorrow morning will necessitate temporary closures on eastbound Loop 101 and southbound I-17.

The closures are for the funeral processions of two dedicated public servants

The procession for fallen Phoenix firefighter Brad Harper will make its way along sections of eastbound Loop 101 and southbound I-17 this afternoon (May 24).

Drivers with plans to use either of the freeways carrying the procession are asked to prepare for closures, scheduled to be in place after 3 p.m. Drivers are urged to consider adjusting travel plans between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and to use alternate routes.

At the conclusion of the service at Christ’s Church of the Valley, 7007 W. Happy Valley Road in Peoria, 67th Avenue will be closed in both directions between Happy Valley Road and Loop 101 while the procession is approaching and entering eastbound Loop 101, according to the city of Glendale.

The procession will use the eastbound Loop 101 on-ramp at 67th Avenue. Eastbound Loop 101 will be closed between 75th Avenue and I-17 until the line of emergency and other vehicles makes its way onto southbound I-17.

The procession will continue south on I-17 to the McDowell Road exit. Vehicles will then go west on McDowell Road and south on 27th Avenue before entering Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery north of Van Buren Street.

Sections of the closed freeways will reopen as soon as possible after the procession has passed.

On Saturday (May 25), a procession for fallen Phoenix police officer Daryl Raetz, is scheduled to start by late morning along eastbound Loop 101 in the north Valley.

Following a 9 a.m. service, also at Christ’s Church of the Valley, eastbound Loop 101 will be closed between 75th Avenue and Seventh Street to allow the procession to make its way to Phoenix Memorial Park, where officer Raetz will be laid to rest.