Restrictions planned on I-17 for procession for firefighter

Posted at 8:17 AM, May 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-23 11:18:00-04

PHOENIX (AP) -- Southbound traffic on a 10-mile (16-kilometer) stretch of Interstate 17 in Phoenix will face restrictions early Thursday afternoon due to a funeral procession for a Phoenix firefighter who officials say died of occupational cancer.

The Arizona Department of Transportation says closures are planned along southbound I-17 between Thunderbird and McDowell roads between roughly 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. for the procession for Brian Beck Jr.

ADOT advises drivers to allow extra travel time and consider alternate routes.

Beck died Sunday. The 31-year-old is survived by his wife and three young children.

Gov. Doug Ducey ordered that flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset to honor Beck.