Sunday evening: Heavy traffic on I-17 north of Phoenix
By Sunday evening at around 8 p.m., heavy traffic was present traveling southbound on Interstate 17 for a stretch of 10 miles near Black Canyon City, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
A vehicle fire caused traffic delays on southbound I-17 near Cordes Junction around 5:30 p.m., according to an ADOT tweet. The vehicle fire was cleared, but heavy traffic was still occurring on I-17 as of 6:30 p.m., according to ADOT.
— Audrey Jensen
Sunday morning: Pro-Trump caravan circles Valley
A caravan of 15 cars grew to over 30 on Valley highways during a vehicle parade supporting President Donald Trump’s campaign — one of multiple demonstrations across the country intended to signal a “red wave” of Republican support for Trump.
The vehicles, many of them pickup trucks, were adorned with American, pro-police and Trump 2020 flags. They drove mostly in the middle lanes of the Interstate 10, Interstate 17, Loop 202 and Loop 101 freeways.
Paul Carver, who helped organize the event, said the goal of the nearly 90-minute trek was to stand up for America and its freedom and to show Arizona conservatives they don’t have to stay silent.
“I want people to know that they’re not alone. It’s okay to speak up. It’s okay to stand your ground,” said Carver.
They drove through Phoenix, Glendale, Mesa and Scottsdale. No one with the caravan was pulled over or cited, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
Sunday morning: Traffic backed up in Sedona, slowing near Black Canyon City
Traffic showed that people were still trying to get out of the Valley as of late Sunday morning.
Traffic into Sedona was backed up late Sunday morning along state routes 89A and 179, according to an ADOT traffic map.
Traffic also was slow for 10 miles of northbound lanes of Interstate 17 in Black Canyon City, the map showed.
6 p.m. Saturday: Traffic returns to normal
Now’s the time for those who are still hoping to get out of the Valley as traffic returned to normal at about 6 p.m. for most major interstates.
There are currently no traffic alerts from ADOT.
3:30 p.m. Saturday: Labor Day traffic continues to lighten
Drivers headed north on State Route 87 will finally see some relief as traffic improves. However, ADOT warned of approximately three miles of back-up around Mount Ord between mileposts 226 and 229.
Traffic also improved northbound on the I-17, but there was still heavy congestion between Table Mesa and Sunset Point.
3 p.m. Saturday: Traffic eases, but still backed-up north of Valley
While traffic has eased slightly northbound on State Route 87, ADOT officials said drivers are still experiencing extreme-to-heavy traffic between mileposts 221 and 229.
Traffic has also lightened northbound on the I-17, though Labor Day travelers are still experiencing significant traffic from Daisy Mountain to the north of Anthem. Traffic was also heavy up through Black Canyon City.
LABOR DAY WEEKEND TRAFFIC: Traffic easing some on SR 87 NB, but extreme-to-heavy traffic remains from milepost 221 to 229. Delays lighter on I-17 NB, but expect extreme traffic Daisy Mountain to north of Anthem, with moderate-to-heavy traffic up through Black Canyon City. pic.twitter.com/roI5Qk2Awv
The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for large swaths of central Arizona, including Phoenix and other desert areas over the holiday weekend.
The Labor Day weekend is expected to be the hottest on record. The temperature in Phoenix was 113 degrees as of 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Temperatures were forecasted to reach up to 111 degrees on Sunday and 110 on Monday.
The National Weather Service recommends drinking plenty of water and limiting outdoor activities.
1 p.m. Saturday: 10-mile delay on SR-87
Traffic is backed-up for more than 10 miles on SR 87 near south of Payson before SR 188 Saturday afternoon.
They did not provide an estimated time when traffic might clear up.
Noon Saturday: Heavy traffic on I-17 heading out of the Valley
Travelers looking to get out of town for the holiday weekend can expect heavy delays on the northbound Interstate 17, especially between Black Canyon City and Sunset Point.
ADOT recommends taking an alternate route or delaying travel.
8 p.m. Friday: Traffic eases on I-17
Traffic eased slightly on the I-17 headed north outside the Valley, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
However, officials warned drivers to expect stretches of moderate to heavy traffic between Table Mesa and Cordes Lakes.
The delays will likely continue throughout the holiday weekend.
5 p.m. Friday: Slowing starts on SR-87, I-17
Officials warned of extreme delays for travelers heading north on SR 87 with traffic backed up from mileposts 216 to 229 just south of Payson and north of Sunflower.
“Consider delaying travel or using another route if at all possible!” ADOT tweeted.
Holiday traffic was also causing heavy delays on I-17 through Anthem, with moderate traffic through both Table Mesa Road and Black Canyon City.
LABOR DAY WEEKEND TRAFFIC: Extreme delays on SR 87 NB from mileposts 216 to 229. Consider delaying travel or using another route if at all possible! I-17 has heavy traffic through Anthem, with moderate traffic through Table Mesa Road, and moderate traffic in Black Canyon City. pic.twitter.com/MhctuBobL1
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