From our friends at ADOT!
PHOENIX — As many Arizonans prepare to celebrate the holidays and possibly head out on the road to visit family and friends, the Arizona Department of Transportation is urging drivers to concentrate on safety when behind the wheel. ADOT has good news about highway travel during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday period. No full closures for construction will be scheduled along state highways between December 23 and January 2.
ADOT is joined by the Arizona Department of Public Safety and Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in urging drivers to stay alert while traveling over the holidays and to remember the following safe-driving tips:
- Check your vehicle before heading out on a trip, including tire pressure, fluid levels and the condition of engine belts.
- Buckle up and double check child-safety seats.
- Never drive while impaired. Arrange for a designated driver.
- Be prepared for unscheduled highway closures due to crashes, disabled vehicles or other incidents.
- Have an emergency-preparedness kit that includes extra clothes, blankets, flashlights, snack foods and drinking water. Remember, weather conditions can change quickly as you travel.
- Check on travel conditions before leaving by visiting ADOT’s Travel Information site at az511.gov or calling 5-1-1 (outside Arizona call 1-888-411-ROAD).
- Highway condition information also is provided via Twitter @twitter.com/ArizonaDOT.
While no full highway closures for construction will be scheduled during the holidays, drivers should stay alert, obey speed limits and be prepared to merge safely when approaching existing work zones, including:
- Southbound Interstate 17 between Camp Verde and the State Route 169 junction for an ongoing project to add a third lane along Copper Canyon Hill.
- Interstate 10 between Ruthrauff and Prince roads in Tucson for an ongoing improvement project to add lanes in both directions.
When traveling in higher elevations, be prepared in case of snowy or icy conditions. Keep these safety tips in mind:
- Slow down, be patient and avoid distractions. Plan extra travel time into your schedule.
- Be alert and remember: Ice often forms on bridges first and can be hard to see.
- When driving behind a snowplow, stay back at least four car lengths and use caution when passing a snowplow. Please avoid passing a snowplow that’s in the process of clearing snow and ice off the highway. It’s best to wait until the snowplow pulls off the road.
- To avoid skidding, brake slowly and don’t jerk the steering wheel.
- Increase the distance been your vehicle and traffic ahead.
- Consider carrying tire chains or snow cables.
Information about what to include in an emergency-preparedness kit for your vehicle can be found at azdot.gov/KnowSnow.
From our colleagues at ADOT:
Drivers will not face any construction-related closures along Phoenix-area freeways over the Thanksgiving weekend, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. In fact, no state highway closures are scheduled between Wednesday afternoon and early Monday morning, Dec. 2.
ADOT will hold off on work requiring closures to ease travel and promote safety as the busy holiday travel season gets under way.
Drivers who have plans to travel over the weekend are encouraged to follow safe-driving tips, including:
- Get a good night’s rest before heading out on a trip
- Check your vehicle, including tire pressure, fluid levels and the condition of engine belts
- Buckle up and double-check child safety seats
- Obey speed limits, be patient and avoid distractions. Don’t text while driving
- Be prepared for unscheduled closures due to accidents. Have an emergency preparedness kit that includes extra clothes, blankets, flashlights, snack foods and drinking water.
For the latest highway conditions across Arizona, travelers can visit the ADOT’s Travel Information site at az511.gov or call 5-1-1 (outside Arizona call 1-888-411-ROAD). ADOT’s public information line for state highway conditions is 602-712-6513. You can also track closures and other highway conditions at twitter.com/ArizonaDOT.
Additional information about winter driving and items to include in an emergency preparedness kit can be found at http://www.azdot.gov/KnowSnow.
Courtesy of ADOT
Just a friendly reminder that if you’re traveling north to Page and the Lake Powell area, please follow the Arizona Department of Transportation’s approved detour, which will take you from U.S. Route 160 to State Route 98. Yes, you might be tempted to take Navajo Route 20, but don’t do it. The road is unpaved and under construction, and several vehicles have already gotten stuck in the loose sand. There’s also limited cell-phone coverage, which means calling for help may not be an option.
Courtesy of ADOT
We understand you want to minimize your travel time this summer, but please play it safe and smart, especially if you’re traveling with little ones. Loose sand dunes are dangerous and incredibly difficult to navigate through. Construction on Navajo 20 should be completed later this summer. For the latest project updates, videos, photos and news, visit azdot.gov/US89. Motorists with questions can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll-free 855-712-8530.
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On February 20, a 150-foot stretch of U.S. Route 89 was significantly damaged by a landslide. As a result, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) was forced to temporarily close the road. Despite the closure, we want to remind everyone that Page and Lake Powell are open for business. In fact, the local businesses there need your help.
“With the busy tourism season coming up, there are a lot of people concerned in Page and the Lake Powell area with how this closure is going to impact their businesses,” says ADOT spokesman Dustin Krugel.
It’s also important to note that U.S. Route 89A is not affected by the closure. So if you’re heading to the Grand Canyon’s North Rim (when it opens for the season in mid-May), Fredonia, Lees Ferry or Marble Canyon, the detour won’t impact your drive.
So, as you start planning your summer vacations, don’t forget about booking that trip up north. Yes, the route you’re used to taking is closed, but the 45-mile detour is an incredibly spectacular drive.
For the latest on U.S. 89, visit azdot.gov/US89.
Our friends at ADOT put together a day-in-the-life video taken on February 14 in honor of our Arizona’s Centennial … the video has been posted to ADOTs blog and I thought I’d share … click here to catch a day’s worth of ADOT action and keep reading to learn more about the video:
When Arizona turned 100 last month, we celebrated by documenting everything ADOT does across the state in a single day.
And, oh what a day it was!
Our team was up early – out on the road, covering everything from construction projects and maintenance work to planning meetings and the MVD.
If you followed along with us back on February 14, you saw our photos, kept up through social media and probably recall that we promised a mini-documentary detailing the day.
Well, that video is ready and we’re very proud to announce its premiere!
The video speaks for itself … so, we won’t say much more, except that we hope you’ll sit back, relax and enjoy what our team has put together!