Interstate 17 North - Maricopa County

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Interstate 17 begins its northerly journey together with U.S. 60 as it exits from westbound Interstate 10; however, it is headed due west for the first few miles of its journey. Because Interstate 17 replaced old Arizona 69, it follows the original mileposts of Arizona 69. (For more on the mileposting and on Interstate 17, please visit Alan Hamilton's Interstate 17 page.) As a result of this numbering, the Interstate begins at Milepost 194 and remains east-west until Milepost 197, where it turns due north at the Durango Curve. This 90-degree turn results in a strange loop that forces Interstate 17 to intersect Interstate 10 again at Exit 200A. This pictures shows the first northbound shield for Interstate 17 paired with transcontinental U.S. 60. Photo taken 11/03/07.
One of the first exits along northbound Interstate 17 and westbound U.S. 60 is Exit 195B, 7th Street/Central Avenue (one mile). This exit actually connects to a frontage road that connects to 7th Street and Central Avenue. Both Central Avenue and 7th Street head north into downtown Phoenix and south to South Mountain, but they are separated by seven blocks. Photo taken 11/03/07.
Distance sign to 7th Street/Central Ave, 7th Avenue, and 19th Avenue. Photo taken 11/03/07.
Central Avenue is the "centerline" street of the Phoenix grid system: All north-south city streets west of Central Avenue are numbered avenues; all north-south streets east of Central Avenue are numbered streets. This results in some confusion, since both 7th Street and 7th Avenue are major thoroughfares. In fact, 7th Street is even more important than Central Avenue, since 7th Street is a continuous corridor all the way to Loop 101 and beyond; Central Avenue is discontinuous at North Mountain. Photo taken 11/03/07.
As if to corroborate the theory about 7th Street and 7th Avenue being major corridors, the next exit along northbound is for 7th Avenue (Exit 196). In original plans for the Interstate highway system, this portion of Interstate 17 was originally planned as part of Interstate 10. That changed when Interstate 10 was rerouted onto its current alignment. Photo taken 11/03/07.
Mileage sign along northbound Interstate 17 and westbound U.S. 60 approaching Exit 196, 7th Avenue, one half mile. The following exits are for 19th Avenue and Buckeye Road (former Arizona 85/U.S. 80). Photo taken 11/03/07.
Exit 196 departs here for 7th Avenue. Use 7th Avenue to reach Chase Field. Photo taken 11/03/07.
Advance signage for exit 197, 19th Avenue. Photo taken 11/03/07.
Mileage sign along northbound Interstate 17 and westbound U.S. 60 approaching 19th Avenue, Buckeye Road, and Grant Street. Prior to the completion of Interstate 10, U.S. 60 used to follow Van Buren Street and Grand Avenue through downtown Phoenix. With the completion of the freeway grid, U.S. 60 was rerouted onto Interstate 10 and Interstate 17, and the old route was given to the city for maintenance. The superfluous routes associated with U.S. 60 (U.S. 70, 80, and 89) were decommissioned from Phoenix in the same chronological order: U.S. 70 - 1969, U.S. 80 - 1977, and U.S. 89 - 1992. Photo taken 11/03/07.
19th Avenue departs here as exit 197. Photo taken 11/03/07.
Northbound Interstate 17 and westbound U.S. 60 approaching Exit 198, Former Arizona 85/Buckeye Road, one half mile. Currently, Arizona 85 ends at its junction with Interstate 10 in Buckeye, but it used to follow the path of Old U.S. 80 along Buckeye Road into downtown Phoenix. With the completion of Interstate 10 in the 1980s-1990s, Buckeye Road was removed from the state highway system. Today, a portion of Buckeye Road west of the Phoenix city limits is known as Maricopa County Route 85. Photo taken 11/03/07.
Interstate 17 now passes around the Durango Curve. This was originally intended to be the merge point between Interstate 17 and Interstate 10, and 2 bridges were built in the elevated southbound lanes for the future merge. Interstate 10, however, was realigned, and these bridges were removed in the 1970s. Photo taken 11/03/07.
Interstate 17 begins to turn north around the Durango Curve after traveling due west for a short distance along the southern fringe of downtown Phoenix as seen in this photo, at the exit to former Arizona 85/Buckeye Road (Exit 198). Photo taken 11/03/07.
Northbound Interstate 17 and westbound U.S. 60 approaching Exit 199A, Grant Road, one half mile. The next exit is for Adams Street and Van Buren Street into downtown, followed by Interstate 10. Photo taken 11/03/07.
Northbound Interstate 17 and westbound U.S. 60 at Exit 199A, Grant Street. Photo taken 11/03/07.
Northbound Interstate 17 and westbound U.S. 60 approaching Exit 199B, Adams Street and Van Buren Street, one half mile. Adams Street is a one-way street leading east to the Arizona State Capital. Van Buren Street leads east toward the Civic Center. Photo taken 11/03/07.
Northbound Interstate 17 and westbound U.S. 60 approaching Exit 199B, Adams Street and Van Buren Street, one-quarter mile. As in other metropolitan areas, variable message signs notifying drivers of pending traffic or weather conditions as well as news items (such as "Amber Alerts") are present in Phoenix, including this sign. Photo taken 11/03/07.
Northbound Interstate 17 and westbound U.S. 60 at Exit 199B, Adams Street and Van Buren Street. The Interstate 10 sign is notable for only listing a control city for westbound, even though the interchange provides full access in all directions. Photo taken 11/03/07.
Northbound Interstate 17 and westbound U.S. 60 approaching Exit 200A, Junction Interstate 10 East and West. The first ramp will be for eastbound followed by the ramp for westbound. The next exit after Interstate 10 is for McDowell Road. This is the only through traffic overhead that features both Interstate 17 and U.S. 60. Photo taken 05/23/03.
Northbound Interstate 17 and westbound U.S. 60 at the ramp to eastbound and westbound Interstate 10. Since the ramp provides access to both directions, they are both part of Exit 200A. Hazardous material vehicles that used Interstate 17 to bypass the Interstate 10 downtown tunnel should exit for Interstate 10 westbound here. Photo taken 05/23/03.
View of the Interstate 10 stack interchange as seen from northbound Interstate 17 and westbound U.S. 60 west of downtown Phoenix. Photo taken 05/23/03.
The next exit along northbound Interstate 17 and westbound U.S. 60 is Exit 200B, McDowell Road. Photo taken 05/23/03.
The transition ramp from eastbound Interstate 10 to northbound Interstate 17 partially obscures the next exit sign along northbound for Westbound U.S. 60/Grand Avenue and Thomas Road. Photo taken 05/23/03.
Interstate 17 north & U.S. 60 west approach their split at Exit 201 for Grand Avenue and Thomas Road. U.S. 60 exits the freeway here as a surface street, Grand Avenue. Starting in Downtown Phoenix at the intersection of Van Buren and 7th Avenue, Grand Avenue is an unusual diagonal route that cuts northwesterly through Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria and Youngtown. Since it is a busy, divided arterial, it is frequently congested and has potential for delays at each six-way intersection as it bisects the grid pattern. Many of the old six-way intersections along US 60 have been grade separated to an extent, in projects completed during 2005.
An aerial photo of the interchange from 1968. Photo taken 03/03/07.
Passing by the offramp for U.S. 60, Interstate 17 does not encounter another U.S. route for the remainder of its journey (although it comes close to U.S. 180 in Flagstaff). U.S. 60 heads northwest toward Wickenburg, where it meets U.S. 93. U.S. 93 continues north to Las Vegas, while U.S. 60 turns southwest to rejoin Interstate 10 east of Quartzsite. At one time, U.S. 60 continued all the way to Los Angeles, California, along with U.S. 70. While U.S. 70 has been truncated all the way back to Globe in the 1970s, U.S. 60 makes almost it across the state before ending. Photo taken 03/03/07.
This section of Interstate 17 is the oldest freeway in the Valley of the Sun, completed in approximately 1957. Situated below grade for much of the distance between Interstate 10 and Loop 101, Interstate 17 carries between six and ten lanes along the Black Canyon Freeway. The Black Canyon Freeway was originally part of Arizona 69, but the Interstate was later routed over the freeway. While the freeway has been expanded in the past to its current configuration, future expansions will require significant construction and removal of homes and businesses near the right of way. This picture is along northbound approaching Exit 202, Indian School Road, three-quarters of a mile. Photo taken 03/03/07.
Northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway approaching Exit 202, Indian School Road, one-half mile. The grid pattern of major east-west streets leaving downtown Phoenix from south to north are: Van Buren Street, McDowell Road, Thomas Road, Indian School Road, Camelback Road, Bethany Home Road, Glendale Avenue, Northern Avenue, Dunlap Avenue, Peoria Avenue, Cactus Road, Thunderbird Road, Bell Road, and Union Hills Drive. Each of these roads is spaced by approximately one mile apart, and most of them are exits from Interstate 17, Arizona 51, and both the east and west legs of Loop 101. Some of the routes are discontinuous due to mountains, open space, and intervening developments. Photo taken 03/03/07.
Northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway at Exit 202, Indian School Road. The next exit is for Camelback Road. Photo taken 03/03/07.
Northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway approaching Exit 203, Camelback Road, three-quarters of a mile. This sign is mounted on the overpass for Indian School Road. Photo taken 03/03/07.
Northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway approaching Exit 203, Camelback Road, one half mile. Photo taken 03/03/07.
Northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway at Exit 203, Camelback Road. Notice that the freeway is no longer below grade, as it was near Exits 201 and 202. Photo taken 03/03/07.
The next exit along northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway is Exit 204, Bethany Home Road. The exit ramp is three-quarters of a mile north of the Camelback Road overpass. Photo taken 03/03/07.
Sound walls are in place along this stretch of northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway on the approach to Exit 204, Bethany Home Road, one-half mile. The freeway is at-grade here but will drop below Bethany Home Road shortly. Photo taken 03/03/07.
Northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway at Exit 204, Bethany Home Road. This exit is a "SPUI," or single point urban interchange. This means that only one set of traffic lights regulates the flow of traffic across the overpass. Photo taken 03/03/07.
This picture is taken in 1968, and is from the same location as the Bethany Home exit above. Notice the difference between today's widened freeway and the original Black Canyon Freeway. Photo taken 0000.
This unusual bridge structure is common for interchanges that feature a SPUI design. Several interchanges in Phoenix, including several along Arizona 51, feature SPUIs. The next exit along northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway is Exit 205, Glendale Avenue, three-quarters of a mile. Photo taken 03/03/07.
Again note the soundwalls in between interchanges. The character of the freeway has changed a bit since the section around Durango Curve and McDowell Road. This is northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway approaching Exit 205, Glendale Avenue, one-half mile. Photo taken 03/03/07.
Northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway at Exit 205, Glendale Avenue, another SPUI interchange. As the name implies, Glendale Avenue leads west to Glendale, which is situated at the intersection between U.S. 60/Grand Avenue, Glendale Avenue, and 59th Avenue. Photo taken 03/03/07.
The next exit along northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway is Exit 206, Northern Avenue. Northern Avenue heads east to meet Arizona 51 near Piestewa (Squaw) Peak, and it heads west through Glendale toward the White Tank Mountain Regional Park (via Olive Avenue). Photo taken 03/03/07.
The addition of a high occupancy vehicle lane makes for cramped conditions along northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway. The left shoulder is extremely narrow, similar to many high occupancy vehicle lanes in Southern California. The next exit is Exit 206, Northern Avenue, one half mile. Photo taken 03/03/07.
Mileage sign along northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway for Exit 206, Northern Avenue; Exit 107, Dunlap Avenue; and Exit 208, Peoria Avenue. Photo taken 03/03/07.
Northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway at Exit 206, Northern Avenue, another SPUI. Photo taken 03/03/07.
Northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway approaching Exit 207, Dunlap Avenue, as seen from the Northern Avenue overpass. Photo taken 03/03/07.
Northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway approaching Exit 207, Dunlap Avenue, one half mile. Photo taken 03/03/07.
Mileage sign along northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway approaching Exit 207, Dunlap Avenue, one-quarter mile. Photo taken 03/03/07.
Northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway at Exit 207, Dunlap Avenue, a SPUI. Photo taken 03/03/07.
Northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway approaching Exit 208, Peoria Avenue, three-quarters of a mile. Photo taken 03/03/07.
Northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway picks up these power lines on its east side after the Dunlap Avenue exit, and they remain with Interstate 17 until the Loop 101 interchange. The next exit is for Exit 208, Peoria Avenue, one-quarter mile. Photo taken 03/03/07.
Northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway at Exit 208, Peoria Avenue. Photo taken 03/03/07.
Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway begins to widen out a bit as it passes Peoria Avenue and approaches Exit 209, Cactus Road. Note that the left shoulder is a bit wider than it was previously. Photo taken 03/03/07.
Northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway at Exit 209, Cactus Road. Photo taken 05/23/03.
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Northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway approaching Exit 210, Thunderbird Road, three-quarters of a mile. Note that the spacing between interchanges is a bit greater than it was between Exits 201 and 208 because the three-quarters of a mile advance sign is on its own sign bridge rather than the overpass. Photo taken 05/23/03. Second photo taken 03/03/07.
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Northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway at Exit 210, Thunderbird Road. The Thunderbird Road interchange was rebuilt in 2004-5 to eliminate the original 1965 loop interchange. Photo taken 05/23/03. Second photo taken 03/03/07.
Northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway at former Exit 210B, Westbound Thunderbird Road. This exit is now eliminated. Photo taken 05/23/03.
The next exit along northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway is for Exit 211, Greenway Road, one-half mile. Photo taken 03/03/07.
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Mileage sign along northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway approaching Greenway Road, Bell Road, and Union Hills Drive, each spaced one mile apart. Photo taken 05/23/03. Second photo taken 03/03/07.
Northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway at Exit 211, Greenway Road. Photo taken 03/03/07.
Northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway approaching Exit 212, Bell Road, one mile. Photo taken 03/03/07.
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This is the first sign bridge along northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway for Loop 101. Several signs for Loop 101 still feature the original white on blue shields, such as this one; newer signs (such as the second) show the black on white shields. This sign bridge is located on the approach to Exit 212, Bell Road. Photo taken 05/23/03. Second photo taken 03/03/07.
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Northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway at Exit 212, Bell Road. The next exit is Union Hills Drive (Exit 214). Note that there is no Exit 213, thus ending the one-mile spacing of exits along northbound. Photo taken 05/23/03. Second photo taken 03/03/07.
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Northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway approaching Exit 214A-B, Union Hills Drive/Yorkshire Drive, one half mile. Photo taken 05/23/03. Second photo taken 03/03/07.
Northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway approaching Exit 214A-B, Union Hills Drive/Yorkshire Drive, next right. Photo taken 03/03/07.
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Northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway at Exit 214A, Union Hills Drive. The next exits are Exit 214B, Yorkshire Drive and Exit 214C, Junction Loop 101. Photo taken 05/23/03. Second photo taken 03/03/07.
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Signage for the exit to Yorkshire Drive (Exit 214B) as seen from the main lanes along northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway. In the meantime, the right lanes are for Loop 101, while the left lanes are for Interstate 17. Note that the high occupancy lanes will end at Loop 101. Photo taken 05/23/03. Second photo taken 03/03/07.
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Northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway approaching Junction Loop 101. This section of the Loop 101 freeway was completed in 2002 and now provides a bypass of Phoenix for almost 270 degrees. Photo taken 05/23/03. Second photo taken 03/03/07.
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One of the more common themes with newer freeways in Arizona (and Southern California) is the removal of control cities. This sign, located along northbound Interstate 17/Black Canyon Freeway at Exit 214C/Loop 101, omits potential control cities for eastbound such as Scottsdale and westbound such as Peoria and Glendale. Photo taken 05/23/03. Second photo taken 03/03/07.
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After the Loop 101 exit, the next exit along northbound Interstate 17 is Rose Garden Lane, one half mile (Exit 215A). Note the Loop 101 stack interchange in the distance. Photo taken 05/23/03. Second photo taken 03/03/07.
Northbound Interstate 17 passes under the massive Loop 101/Interstate 17 stack interchange prior to Exit 215A. Photo taken 05/23/03.
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Northbound Interstate 17 at Exit 215A, Rose Garden Lane; the next exit is Exit 215B, Deer Valley Road. The high occupancy vehicle lane ends here, and the northbound freeway is now only two lanes wide. However, the transition ramp from Loop 101 has not merged with northbound Interstate 17 yet. Photo taken 05/23/03. Second photo taken 03/03/07.
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Development is much more sparse north of Loop 101. Even after traffic merges onto northbound Interstate 17, the freeway remains only two lanes along northbound, albeit heavily congested due to the Anthem development north of Phoenix. This section of freeway is in the process of being rebuilt. This picture shows the exit for Exit 215B, Deer Valley Road, although in past years this was mis-signed as exit 217B. Photo taken 05/23/03. Second photo taken 03/03/07.
Advance signage for Pinnacle Peak Road, exit 217. Photo taken 03/03/07.
Northbound Interstate 17 approaching Exit 217, Pinnacle Peak Road and exit 218, Happy Valley Road. Photo taken 03/03/07.
Pinnacle Peak Road departs here as exit 217, from Interstate 17. Photo taken 03/03/07.
Advance signage for exit 218, Happy Valley Road. Photo taken 03/03/07.
Happy Valley Road departs here, as exit 218. This exit features a number of new (constructed in 2006) stores as part of the rapid urbanization of north Phoenix. Between Happy Valley Road and Arizona 74 is an accident-prone 5 mile stretch of freeway. Photo taken 03/03/07.
Advance signage for exit 219, Jomax Road. The next two exits are new exits, added during 2008. Photo taken 10/25/08.
Jomax Road departs here, at exit 219. Photo taken 10/25/08.
The next two exits are Dixieleta Drive (1 3/4 miles) and Carefree Highway/Arizona 74 (5 miles). While the Dixieleta Drive interchange is open, permanent guide signs are not yet in place as of October 2008. Photo taken 10/25/08.
Passing under the Dixieleta Drive bridge, the next three control points are the Carefree Highway/Arizona 74, Prescott, and Flagstaff. Photo taken 10/25/08.
In between Dixieleta Drive and the Carefree Highway, there is construction for the future Loop 303 interchange. This is the first sign for Carefree Highway eastbound, 1/2 mile. Photo taken 10/25/08.
This is the first sign for Arizona 74 westbound, the continuation of the Carefree Highway, 1/2 mile. As part of the 2008 construction projects, the Carefree Highway bridge was reconstructed and the interchange converted to a parial cloverleaf interchange. Photo taken 10/25/08.
Use exit 223, Arizona 74, to reach Lake Pleasant and the Ben Avery Shooting Range. Lake Pleasant is a small reservoir in north Phoenix. Photo taken 03/03/07.
Northbound Interstate 17 approaching Exit 223, Junction Westbound Arizona 74. Arizona 74 leads west from here to meet U.S. 60 near Morristown, northwest of Peoria. This sign has been removed. Photo taken 03/03/07.
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Finding its second interchange with a state route, northbound Interstate 17 meets Arizona 74/Carefree Highway at Exit 223. Some maps (such as the 2004 Mapquest) label this as "Temporary Arizona 74." The original temporary alignment of Arizona 74 has been realigned into a permanent one by Arizona DOT. The original exit has been converted to an exit to eastbound Carefree Highway only. Photo taken 03/03/07. Second photo taken 10/25/08.
The exit for Arizona 74 westbound departs immediately after eastbound Carefree Highway. Photo taken 10/25/08.
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Northbound Interstate 17 approaching Exit 225, Pioneer Road, one and one-quarter miles. Around Milepost 224, Interstate 17 leaves the city of Phoenix, some 30 miles north of its southern terminus near downtown and the airport. Photo taken 06/22/07. Second photo taken 10/25/08.
Northbound Interstate 17 at Exit 225, Pioneer Road. Photo taken 06/22/07.
Advance signage for exit 227, Daisy Mountain Drive. This exit was built in 2004 by Del Webb corporation, developers of the Anthem development (see the next exit) to provide access to the southern half of the Anthem development. Photo taken 06/22/07.
Distance sign to New River, Black Canyon City and Flagstaff. Photo taken 06/22/07.
Exit 227 departs here for Daisy Mountain Drive. Between this exit and exit 229 (below), there used to be a rest area that has long since closed. Photo taken 06/22/07.
Advance signage for exit 229, Anthem Way. While this exit has existed for a while, the road was renamed Anthem Way to correspond with the housing developments at Anthem. Photo taken 06/22/07.
Northbound Interstate 17 at Exit 229, Anthem Way. Photo taken 05/23/03.
Northbound Interstate 17 approaching Exit 232, New River, one mile. The freeway has left the developed areas around Phoenix and is now entering a more rural portion of Maricopa County. Photo taken 05/23/03.
Northbound Interstate 17 approaching Exit 232, New River, one half mile. Photo taken 06/22/07.
Northbound Interstate 17 at Exit 232, New River. Photo taken 06/22/07.
Northbound Interstate 17 approaching Exit 236, Table Mesa Road, one mile. Photo taken 06/22/07.
Northbound Interstate 17 at Exit 236, Table Mesa Road. Photo taken 06/22/07.
The following suite of photos chronicles the scenery of Interstate 17 as it travels northbound between Exits 236 and 242. The large powerlines form part of the western power network, and they connect the population centers in the southwest with the power generation stations associated with the hydroelectric and fossil fuel facilities in northern Arizona. Photo taken 06/22/07.
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Northbound Interstate 17 approaching Exit 242, Junction Northbound Business Loop I-17/Black Canyon City, one mile. This is the only business route for Interstate 17. Photos taken 06/22/07.
Business Loop I-17 features a full array of services in Black Canyon City. Photo taken 06/22/07.
Northbound Interstate 17 approaching Exit 242, Junction Northbound Business Loop I-17, one half mile. Photo taken 06/22/07.
Just before reaching the exit for Business Loop I-17/Black Canyon City, northbound Interstate 17 leaves Maricopa County and enters Yavapai County. Photo taken 06/22/07.
Northbound Interstate 17 at Exit 242, Junction Northbound Business Loop I-17/Black Canyon City. Photo taken 06/22/07.


 


Photo Credits:

  • 05/23/03 by AARoads.
  • 03/03/07 by Kevin Trinkle.
  • 06/22/07 by Kevin Trinkle.
  • 11/03/07 by Kevin Trinkle.
  • 10/25/08 by Kevin Trinkle.

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