|Arizona Veterans Highway|
I-17 highlighted in red
|Maintained by ADOT|
|Length||145.76 mi (234.58 km)|
|South end||I-10 / US 60 in Phoenix|
|North end||I-40 / SR 89A in Flagstaff|
|Counties||Maricopa, Yavapai, Coconino|
Interstate 17 (I-17) is an Interstate Highway located entirely within the U.S. state of Arizona. I-17's southern terminus lies within Phoenix, at Interstate 10, and its northern terminus is in Flagstaff, at Interstate 40. The majority of I-17 is known as the Arizona Veterans Highway. In the Phoenix metropolitan area, it is mostly known as the Black Canyon Freeway, however the southern 4.16 miles (6.69 km) is part of the Maricopa Freeway. The portion of the highway south of Cordes Lakes was built along the alignment of SR 69, while the northern part was built along old SR 79's alignment. I-17 is one of the most scenic Interstate Highways as it gains more than a mile in altitude between Phoenix at 1,117 feet (340 m) and Flagstaff at 7,000 feet (2,100 m). The highway features several scenic view exits along its route that overlook the many mountains and valleys found in northern Arizona.
Interstate 17 is known as the Black Canyon Freeway from the northern end of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area to a point 2.2 miles (3.5 km) south of The Stack interchange with Interstate 10 northwest of Downtown Phoenix. (It is accompanied by frontage roads for most of this portion, and they carry the Black Canyon Highway name to distinguish from the freeway status.) At the Durango Curve southwest of downtown, between the 19th Avenue and Buckeye Road interchanges, it picks up the designation Maricopa Freeway all the way to the southern terminus at the second Interstate 10 junction. It is one of the metropolitan area's primary freeways. It has two interchanges with Interstate 10 in Phoenix.
I-17 has the unusual distinction of starting at approximately milepost 194 instead of at milepost zero. This is a holdover from Arizona's old system of marking mileposts, where a branching route would continue the milepost numbering of its original host, instead of starting over at zero. Interstate 17 inherited its milepost locations from SR 69, which the freeway replaced between Phoenix and Cordes Junction. SR 69's mileposting was such that it coincided with US 89's mileposting, which was 201.6 where the two routes intersected. When I-17 was constructed, the existing mileposting for SR 69 was retained.
I-17 is closed to bicycles and pedestrians south of Pioneer Road (exit 225) in the Anthem area, but is open to them north of this point.
"The Stack", intersection of Interstate 10 and I-17. Looking north up I-17, downtown Phoenix.
Interstate 17 near Flagstaff
Northern terminus at I-40 in Flagstaff
In 1936, SR 69 was established as a state route from Phoenix north to Prescott. The road was completed by 1940 to Prescott. In 1954, a new route north to Flagstaff was established as SR 79. By 1961, the roadway from Phoenix to Flagstaff had been established, but not to Interstate standards. By 1971, I-17 had been completed from Phoenix northward to Camp Verde where a short stretch had not been completed to standards. The stretch from SR 279 north to SR 179 was also complete. The largest section yet to be completed was from SR 179 north to Flagstaff. This segment was still just a two-lane roadway, but it did have full traffic interchanges built at crossroads. The portion from I-40 south to the Flagstaff Municipal Airport had been completed by this time.
|Maricopa||Phoenix||0.00||0.00||–||I-10 / US 60 east – Globe, Tucson||South end of US 60 concurrency; Maricopa Freeway continues east as I-10/US 60; exit 150A on I-10|
|0.31||0.50||194||I-10 west – Sky Harbor||Southbound exit and northbound entrance; exit 150 on I-10|
|1.14||1.83||195A||16th Street||Southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|2.15||3.46||195B||7th Street / Central Avenue||No southbound signage for Central Avenue|
|3.16||5.09||196||7th Avenue / Central Avenue||No northbound signage for Central Avenue|
|4.16||6.69||197||19th Avenue / Durango Street||No northbound signage for Durango Street|
|Durango Curve; Maricopa Freeway transitions to the Black Canyon Freeway|
|5.03||8.10||198||Buckeye Road||Northbound exit only|
|5.34||8.59||199A||Grant Street / Buckeye Road||No northbound signage for Buckeye Road|
|5.73||9.22||199B||Jefferson Street||Southbound exit only|
|5.88||9.46||Adams Street / Van Buren Street||Northbound exit and entrance only; Van Buren Street is former I-10 BL|
|6.49||10.44||200A||I-10 – Central Phoenix, Los Angeles||The Stack; exit 143 on I-10|
|7.05||11.35||200B||McDowell Road / Van Buren Street||No northbound signage for Van Buren Street|
|7.84||12.62||—||Grand Avenue||Closed in the 1980s; former US 60/US 70/US 89/SR 93|
|8.09||13.02||201||US 60 west (Thomas Road) / Grand Avenue||Northern end of US 60 concurrency; no southbound signage for Grand Avenue|
|9.08||14.61||202||Indian School Road|
|11.09||17.85||204||Bethany Home Road|
|20.15||32.43||214||Union Hills Drive / Yorkshire Drive||Signed separately as exits 214A (Union Hills) and 214B (Yorkshire) northbound|
|21.11||33.97||214C||Loop 101||Exits 23B-C on Loop 101|
|215||Rose Garden Lane / Deer Valley Road||Signed as exit 215A northbound and 215B southbound|
|23.27||37.45||217||Pinnacle Peak Road|
|24.19||38.93||218||Happy Valley Road|
|27.25||43.85||220||Dixileta Drive||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|28.19||45.37||221||Loop 303 south / Sonoran Desert Drive||Northern end of Loop 303; exit 137 on Loop 303; site of future stack interchange|
|Northern terminus of Black Canyon Freeway|
|29.17||46.94||222||Dove Valley Road||Exit opened November 2013|
|30.17||48.55||223||SR 74 west (Carefree Highway) – Wickenburg||Signed as exits 223A (east) and 223B (west) northbound; eastern end of SR 74|
|33.21||53.45||227||Daisy Mountain Drive|
|New River||38.20||61.48||232||New River|
|||42.18||67.88||236||Table Mesa Road|
|Black Canyon City||48.29||77.72||242||Black Canyon City, Rock Springs||Former I-17 BL north|
|Yavapai||50.56||81.37||244||Black Canyon City||Former I-17 BL south|
|||54.36||87.48||248||Bumble Bee, Crown King|
|||58.48||94.11||Sunset Point Rest Area; exit 252|
|||61.85||99.54||256||Badger Springs Road|
|||65.23||104.98||259||Bloody Basin Road|
|Cordes Lakes||68.44||110.14||262||SR 69 north / Cordes Lakes Road – Prescott||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|68.77||110.67||263||To SR 69 north / Arcosanti Road – Prescott||Northbound exit signed as Arcosanti Road only|
|||74.53||119.94||268||Orme Road / Dugas Road|
|||84.16||135.44||278||SR 169 south – Dewey-Humboldt, Prescott|
|||89.04||143.30||—||Runaway truck ramp||Northbound left exit and southbound left entrance|
|Camp Verde||91.31||146.95||285||General Crook Trail|
|93.06||149.77||287||SR 260 to SR 89A – Cottonwood, Payson||Former SR 279|
|95.74||154.08||289||Montezuma Castle National Monument|
|Lake Montezuma||99.04||159.39||293||CR 30 west – McGuireville, Cornville, Montezuma Well|
|McGuireville Rest Areas|
|||104.75||168.58||298||SR 179 north – Sedona|
|||112.09||180.39||306||Stoneman Lake Road|
|Coconino||||121.37||195.33||315||Rocky Park Road|
|||123.65||199.00||317||Fox Ranch Road|
|||126.29||203.24||320||Schnebly Hill Road|
|Munds Park||128.51||206.82||322||Munds Park|
|129.04||207.67||Christensen Rest Areas; closed|
|||132.01||212.45||326||Willard Springs Road|
|||134.55||216.54||328||Newman Park Road|
|||136.90||220.32||331||Kelly Canyon Road|
|Kachina Village||139.65||224.74||333||Kachina Boulevard / Mountainaire Road|
|Flagstaff||143.17||230.41||337||SR 89A south (John Wesley Powell Boulevard) – Sedona, Flagstaff Pulliam Airport||Southern end of SR 89A concurrency|
|145.55||234.24||339||Lake Mary Road – Mormon Lake||Northbound exit only|
|145.76||234.58||340||I-40 – Los Angeles, Albuquerque||Signed as exits 340A (east) and 340B (west); exit 195 on I-40|
|SR 89A north – Flagstaff, Grand Canyon||Continuation beyond northern terminus|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
- Arizona Department of Transportation. "2008 ADOT Highway Log" (PDF). Retrieved April 30, 2008.
- Google (February 15, 2008). "Overview map of I-17" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 15, 2008.
- Arizona and New Mexico Road Map (Map). Rand McNally. 1938. Retrieved November 27, 2011.
- Arizona Department of Transportation. "ADOT Right-of-Way Resolution 1936-P-624". Retrieved April 22, 2008.
- State Highway Department Road Map of Arizona (Map). Rand McNally. 1961. Retrieved November 27, 2011.
- State Highway Department Road Map of Arizona (Map). Arizona State Highway Department. 1971. Retrieved November 27, 2011.
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