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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

No state highway closures over Thanksgiving weekend

Before you head off to enjoy your holiday, we’ve got a couple Thanksgiving reminders to share…

First off, ADOT and MVD offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22. We will reopen for normal business hours on Friday, Nov. 23. Find MVD office locations HERE.

Second – and most important if you’re among the thousands of Arizonans who will be using state highways over Thanksgiving weekend – there’s some good news about your travel plans.

No construction-related closures are scheduled along state highways between Wednesday afternoon and early Monday morning!

ADOT will hold off on work requiring closures to ease travel and promote safety as the busy holiday season gets under way.

“We’re asking drivers to concentrate on safety and to be prepared before heading out on the road,” says ADOT Director John Halikowski. “That means getting adequate rest before traveling, obeying speed limits, avoiding distractions and never drinking and driving.”

Fourteen people were killed last year in a total of 12 fatal crashes on Arizona’s highways and local roads over the Thanksgiving weekend. Three of those crashes were alcohol-related and claimed four lives. It was the deadliest holiday weekend in the state in 2011.

Other safe-driving recommendations for holiday travel include:
  • Check your vehicle, including tire pressure, fluid levels and the condition of engine belts 
  • Buckle up and double-check child safety seats 
  • Be prepared for unscheduled closures due to accidents. Have an emergency preparedness kit that includes extra clothes, blankets, flashlights, snack foods and drinking water 
  • Check on travel conditions before leaving by visiting ADOT’s Travel Information site at az511.gov. Statewide highway conditions also are available by calling 511 

While no closures are scheduled over the holiday weekend, drivers are urged to use caution when traveling through existing work zones. Those locations include:
  • Interstate 17/State Route 69 interchange expansion work zone approximately 60 miles north of Phoenix  
  • Interstate 10 widening work zones in the Casa Grande area east of Phoenix 

Additional information about winter driving and items to include in an emergency preparedness kit can be found here, and be sure to check out all of our previous snow-related blog posts.
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