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Blasting completed for I-17 widening project north of Phoenix

The Arizona Department of Transportation has finished blasting operations as part of its widening of I-17 north of Phoenix. The project spans a 23-mile stretch from Anthem Way to Sunset Point. 

ADOT spokeswoman Laura Douglas shared that 62 blasts took place in the course of more than a year.

Douglas says the earth that was blasted away will go back into the project, which includes eight miles of reversible, or so-called flex, lanes and 15 miles of freeway widening. Construction will also take place on 12 bridges, with two being completely replaced. 

The project is scheduled for completion next year.

Greenlee Clark is an intern at KJZZ pursuing a communications degree with an emphasis in broadcasting and new media at Grand Canyon University.