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.
As 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!