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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Holiday Travel: No state highway construction closures planned on the Fourth

Hitting the road this Independence Day?

You’ll be happy to hear that no state highway construction closures are planned on the Fourth!

Crews are taking a break Wednesday from work that would require closures, but travelers should still be prepared for improvement project work, including lane restrictions in some existing work zones. Drivers could also experience delays during peak travel periods.

If you’re traveling next week on any other day besides the Fourth of July, there are a few projects around the state to be aware of, including:
  • Northbound Interstate 17 near Camp Verde narrowed to one lane at times from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. on Thursday for paving project. 
  • I-17 at Cordes Junction and at Munds Park (20 miles south of Flagstaff) narrowed due to interchange reconstruction projects. 
  • State Route 260, 20 miles east of Payson, narrowed at times for a widening project. 
  • Interstate 8 in Gila Bend narrowed at times from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for roadway repairs.

A
s always, ADOT asks drivers to stay alert and concentrate on safe driving this holiday – here are a few tips: 
  • Check your vehicle, including tire pressure, belts and fluid levels
  • Get a good night's rest before starting out on a trip
  • Buckle up, including all passengers in your vehicles
  • Stay patient, don't speed and don't tailgate
  • Be prepared for changing weather, including possible dust storms
  • Expect the unexpected, including closures due to crashes or events such as wildfires
  • Pack extra drinking water and snack foods
  • Never drink and drive
  • Avoid parking your vehicle on dry grass and driving through tall grass. Hot vehicle parts can spark a brush fire
  • Check road conditions in advance at az511.gov or by calling 5-1-1
  • And finally, remember to Pull Aside, Stay Alive 

Have a happy Fourth of July!
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