Transportation Studies

Interstate 17 (Black Canyon Freeway) Near-Term Auxiliary Lane Study

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), initiated a Project Assessment (PA) and environmental study to evaluate near-term freeway operational improvements on Interstate 17 (I-17) from the I-10/I-17 "Split" Interchange to 19th Avenue.

In 2015 public comments were solicited for consideration in the Design Concept Report and Environmental Document.

Study Process

The purpose of this PA and environmental study is to evaluate near-term freeway improvement options and recommend a preferred alternative that meets the goals of the Regional Transportation Plan Freeway Program (RTPFP), satisfies the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and obtains public support. This study will evaluate the addition of auxiliary lanes on I-17 between the entrance and exit ramps in both directions between the I-10/I-17 system interchange and 19th Avenue. Design options and potential impacts will be evaluated and considered for this study. Potential environmental impacts will be documented in an environmental document following the requirements of NEPA.

Study Purpose

Growing traffic demand has caused the I-17 corridor from the I-10/I-17 Split Interchange to 19th Avenue to become increasingly congested. This study will evaluate the addition of auxiliary lanes between successive entrance and exit ramps to improve operations by providing additional length for traffic weaving movements in this congested corridor.

Initial Concept for Improvements

Study related comments and questions were considered by the project team and addressed in the PA and draft environmental document. The potential improvements could include the following:

  • Provide auxiliary lanes between successive entrance and exit ramps.
  • Maintain existing I-17 alignment with auxiliary lane widening to the outside.
  • Implement two lane entrance ramps with ramp metering.
  • Increase the distance between the ramps and the frontage road intersection with the cross roads.
  • Maintain the existing cross road conditions.
  • Minimize right-of-way impacts.
Related Studies

Additional freeway improvement studies within the Interstate 10/Interstate 17 corridors include the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), study of the I-10/I-17 corridor, called the Spine Corridor Master Plan. The Spine Study, being performed in partnership with ADOT and FHWA, will analyze various long-term strategies to improve mobility in the corridor. The second study, by ADOT in partnership with FHWA and MAG, is the Interstate 10 Near-Term Improvements from SR 143 to the Loop 202 (Santan Freeway), which will analyze freeway capacity improvement options. All three studies will be conducted through separate efforts but will integrate information gathered for recommended overall corridor improvements. Additional information on the Spine Study can be found by calling 602.759.1916.

In 2015 public comments were submitted through the following methods:

  • Online
  • Mail: c/o ADOT Community Relations:
    1655 W. Jackson St., MD 126F
    Phoenix, AZ 85007
  • Email:
  • Phone: 855.712.8530

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Civil Rights

Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other nondiscrimination laws and authorities, ADOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Persons that require a reasonable accommodation based on language or disability should contact ADOT’s Civil Rights Office at Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the accommodation.

De acuerdo con el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés) y otras normas y leyes antidiscriminatorias, el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT) no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, edad o discapacidad. Las personas que requieran asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por el idioma o discapacidad deben ponerse en contacto con la Oficina de Derechos Civiles de ADOT en Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más antes posible para asegurar que el Estado tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.