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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.
Photo by David Haugen
Well, the holidays are once again upon us and we thought it would be nice to get in the spirit with some good old fashioned, Walking-in-a-Winter-Wonderland-Arizona-style, photography… David Haugen from Plymouth, Minnesota shared this image of snow taken at the Grand Canyon’s South Rim last week.
Thanks for sharing David, and if any of you have a holiday-inspired photo you’d like to share, post it on our Facebook and we’ll add them to our blog… P.S., if you haven’t already, don’t forget to subscribe to our blog and “Like” us on Facebook!
Courtesy of the Arizona Department of Transportation:
Use caution, allow extra time for work zone, including I-10 bridge improvments between Phoenix and California
PHOENIX — Drivers taking to the road either before or at the end of the Christmas and New Year’s weekends are encouraged to allow for additional travel time and use extra caution near existing work zones for improvement projects along state highways.
While the Arizona Department of Transportation has scaled back construction-related closures between Thanksgiving and New Year’s weekends, some necessary work zone lane restrictions can slow traffic during peak travel times even when construction is not active.
One such work zone is along Interstate 10 between Phoenix and California, where the highway is narrowed to one lane in both directions for a bridge improvement project west of Buckeye. Here are locations to watch for if you have highway travel plans approaching the Christmas and New Year’s weekends:
- Interstate 10 at the Hassayampa River, 40 miles west of downtown Phoenix: I-10 narrowed to single lanes in each direction on one bridge while the adjacent bridge deck is replaced. In addition to allowing extra travel time, drivers should consider traveling earlier in the morning to avoid peak traffic conditions. Expect delays of up to 90 minutes during busiest holiday travel times. Historic US 60 through Wickenburg also serves as an alternate route. ADOT will use I-10 message signs in Phoenix and near the California border to advise drivers of traffic conditions. This I-10 work zone is scheduled to be in place until summer 2011. Information on route options is available at http://www.azdot.gov/hassy.
- State Route 87 between Phoenix and Payson: SR 87 narrowed to one lane in each direction for approximately six miles (mileposts 208-214) starting two miles north of the Saguaro Lake turnoff until spring 2011. That’s when crews will open a new southbound passing lane and complete other safety-based work, including shoulder improvements.
- Interstate 10 southeast of Casa Grande: I-10 narrowed to one lane in each direction overnight between I-8 and State Route 87 Sunday through Thursday nights (8 p.m. – 6 a.m.) for new lane construction. No restrictions are scheduled between Dec. 23 and Jan. 2.
- Interstate 10 near Benson: I-10 at State Route 90 narrowed to one lane in each direction at night, Dec. 21-22 and Dec. 27-29 (8 p.m. – 5 a.m.) for new interchange construction. Please allow extra travel time overnight.
- US 93 north of Wickenburg: US 93 is significantly improved for travel between Phoenix and Las Vegas following the opening of the Hoover Dam Bridge and completion of a widening project south of the dam. Drivers might consider allowing extra travel time in case of heavier traffic during peak periods, including the end of New Year’s weekend.
Drivers also are urged to be prepared for changing weather conditions while traveling. Winter weather driving tips for Arizona’s high country or other parts of the nation, and other information are available at www.azdot.gov/KnowSnow.
ADOT offers several services for travelers to stay up to date on highway conditions across the state, especially prior to starting a trip.
Travel information is available for other states from: