Arizona Traffic: Memorial Day Weekend Updates

Drivers should expect heavy traffic and road closures as collisions and bushfires closed the roads to travelers this Memorial Day weekend.

Follow here for updates on Arizona freeway traffic.

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8 p.m. Sunday: rain, wind forecast near Flagstaff on Memorial Day

The Phoenix National Weather Service has warned drivers traveling to or from Flagstaff or the Mogollon Rim to be careful when driving on Memorial Day, as the area is expected to experience isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon, which could cause gusts of wind and lightning.

“The best chance for storms will be in the highlands of eastern Arizona. However, storms can develop as far west as I-17,” the weather service said in a tweet.

7:50 p.m. Sunday: State Route 87 reopens south of Payson

State Route 87 south of Payson reopened all lanes in both directions at 7:50 p.m., according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

5:15 p.m. Sunday: Left lane southbound reopens on State Route 87 south of Payson

At 5:16 p.m., the southbound left lane of State Route 87 was reopened to traffic following an increasing bushfire that closed several lanes, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. The right lane is still closed.

At 4:44 p.m., the scene was cleared and all lanes were reopened after a collision of five vehicles that resulted in a car fire closed southbound Interstate 17 near Indian School Road in Phoenix.

Two people were hospitalized, including an 18-year-old woman who was in critical condition, according to the Phoenix Fire Department.

3 p.m. Sunday: brush fire closes State Route 87 south of Payson

A brush fire was reported south of Payson closing the southbound lanes of State Route 87 near the junction of State Route 188 at around 3 p.m., according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

At 3:34 p.m., the left lane northbound was also closed as the fire continued to intensify.

At 4:21 p.m., all southbound traffic was redirected to State Route 188 through the Tonto Basin.

It is not known when the road should reopen.

Other southbound routes include State Route 260 westbound to Interstate 17 or eastbound to US 60 westbound.

Interstate 17 southbound is closed near the Camelback Road exit.

A five-vehicle collision that resulted in a car fire occurred on Sunday afternoon on Southbound Interstate 17 near Indian School Road in Phoenix. Two people were hospitalized, including an 18-year-old woman who was in critical condition, according to the Phoenix Fire Department.

At 3:12 p.m., the left two lanes were reopened but drivers should continue to expect heavy traffic, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

At 3:44 p.m., three of the southbound lanes were open to traffic.

A man died and four others were injured early Sunday after a five-vehicle crash near Interstate 17 and Pinnacle Peak Road in Phoenix, officials said.

The accident happened around 12:50 a.m., according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Initial reports said a vehicle crashed into a wall, causing subsequent accidents in the area, according to the Phoenix Fire Department.

A man died at the scene, and two other men and two women were also taken to hospital, according to Phoenix Fire.

Depreciation was not seen as a factor, the ministry said.

The southbound lanes of Interstate 17 at Happy Valley Road were closed for nearly six hours Sunday morning due to the crash, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

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Contact reporter Monica D. Spencer at [email protected] or on Twitter @monicadspencer.

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