Sunset Point Rehabilitation Project Closure Planned After Labor Day Featured

Interstate 17 Sunset Point Rest Area south of Cordes Junction to remain open through Labor Day Despite Rehabilitation Project

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  • Sunset Point is undergoing a rehabilitation project, starting this week
  • The rest area will close to most public traffic after Labor Day
  • This is a $7.5M project, which includes renovated water & septic systems, ramadas, bathrooms, and more
  • The project is expected to be completed in Spring of ‘23
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Renovations at Sunset Point will cause closure of the facility after Labor Day

The Arizona Department of Transportation is advising Interstate 17 drivers that the Sunset Point Rest Area, approximately 10 miles south of Cordes Junction, will remain open to the general public through Labor Day.

Initial work will get underway for the Sunset Point Rest Area rehabilitation project starting this week. The project team was able to phase the work to not impact the traveling public until after the busy summer season, with the rest area closing to non-commercial traffic after Labor Day.

The $7.5 million renovation project, located at milepost 252, will rehabilitate and upgrade the facility’s water and septic systems, ramadas, restrooms and vending buildings and will also make the rest area more accessible for persons with disabilities.

The project will upgrade the water and septic systems as well as the restrooms and vending areas. An improved, renovated rest area with reconstructed bathrooms, sewers and waterline facilities will be in place by next spring. The improvements will also make the rest area more accessible for persons with disabilities.

During the closure, commercial truck drivers will be allowed to continue using Sunset Point to park their vehicles and get some rest. Although facilities will be limited, portable restrooms and handwashing stations will be provided for commercial drivers to use. All other drivers are encouraged to use facilities in other areas, including Black Canyon City, which is about 10 miles south of the rest area, and Cordes Junction, which is 10 miles to the north.

Drivers should be aware that there are no facilities at the Badger Springs and Bumble Bee exits on I-17.

Other improvements to be made to the Sunset Point Rest Area include renovation of covered ramadas and upgrading sidewalks, lighting and signage. Crews also will work to renovate a sundial memorial honoring ADOT highway workers who have died in the line of duty. Truck parking will also be expanded at the rest area.


 For more information, visit the project webpage: azdot.gov/Sunset-Point-Rehabilitation.

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