Filtered on: Safety

  • ADOT puts some of Arizona’s abundant sunshine to good use!

    August 24, 2011
    When prices at the pump started to spike a couple years ago, ADOT began looking at ways to cut fuel costs for the 4,200 vehicles in its fleet. And, believe it or not, the idea for a very promising solution came from the roof of a pretend cop car … well, sort of.

  • Better safe than sorry: Arizona school zones aim to provide safe crossings

    August 16, 2011
    The need for pedestrian and bicyclist safety at schools, especially involving young students, cannot be overemphasized. While federal, state and local agencies are encouraging fit and healthy lifestyles by promoting walking and biking to school, the safety of these children should be our highest priority.

  • Moving oversize loads requires big effort

    August 9, 2011
    When it comes to describing some hauls, the term “oversize load” is a major understatement. We’re talking about the enormous “super-loads” driven through the state each day. Maybe you’ve seen them on the freeways … they’re the trucks lugging gigantic transformers, generators, turbines, and even houseboats.

  • Research Center guides ADOT toward transportation innovation

    August 8, 2011
    Much has changed since ADOT got its start in 1927. Back then, the agency was known as the Arizona State Highway Department and roads certainly were built a little differently. Methods, materials and technology have changed so much since then.

  • ADOT serves as safety oversight for rail transit

    August 2, 2011
    In Arizona steps are being taken toward that future with the operation of METRO Light Rail and the anticipated launch of Tucson’s modern streetcar project. While ADOT is not responsible for rail transit in the state, the agency does play an important role …

  • "Move Over" law now covers all vehicles on the side of the road

    July 19, 2011
    Ever been stuck on the side of the road? Perhaps a flat tire was to blame, or maybe an overheated engine forced you to pull over. Whatever the reason, most will agree the side of a busy freeway is not the ideal parking spot.

  • Sharing the road

    July 13, 2011
    Motorists aren’t the only ones who get to use the state’s highways … bicyclists and pedestrians have a right to the road, too! Of course, not all roads are open to pedestrians and bicyclists – pedestrians are prohibited from walking along all controlled-access highways. Bicyclists are permitted by ADOT policy to ride on the shoulders of controlled-access highways, except where prohibited. That means freeways and some segments of interstate highways are off-limits to bicyclists.

  • Attenuators offer safety on the freeway

    July 6, 2011
    Sometimes the simplest concepts work the best. Take for example the truck-mounted attenuator. Maybe you aren’t too familiar with them, but chances are you’ve seen one when driving on the freeway.

  • Barricades vital even when crews aren't in the work zone

    June 16, 2011
    ‘Why are the cones and barricades still up, but no one is working?!?!?’ If you’ve ever driven by an empty freeway work zone, you might have wondered this yourself. But, despite how things may appear, there still is a risk to the traveling public, which means those barricades are very necessary.

  • ADOT crews on the scene at Wallow Fire

    June 16, 2011
    The wildfires burning through portions of the state are destroying so much … from the scenic acreage that will be changed forever to the property loss and the lives so terribly affected.