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  • ADOT Blog marks 100th post

    November 2, 2011
    We started this blog back in April with a definite vision in mind… Informing readers about ADOT projects, programs and services was certainly our aim, but we also wanted to give some insight on why and how we do things around here and maybe even highlight some cool facts about our state’s transportation system.

  • New specialty license plates now available

    October 31, 2011
    Arizona drivers now have even more designs to consider… four new specialty plates (Arizona Centennial, Boy Scouts of Arizona, Hunger Relief and Channel 8 PBS) are available starting today!

  • Communication saving Seattle from Viadoom

    October 28, 2011
    Nicole Sherbert, ADOT Assistant Communication Director
    If you haven't yet heard, last Friday night WSDOT closed the Alaskan Way viaduct -- one of the two main north-south freeways through downtown Seattle -- for demolition and ultimate replacement with a waterfront tunnel.

  • Paving work on US 60 is winding down

    October 26, 2011
    We write a lot about building new roads on this blog, but equally important is the maintenance of the state’s existing highways – that’s part of ADOT’s job, too!

  • ADOT library is focused on transportation research

    October 25, 2011
    The ADOT Research Center Library might not carry any best-sellers, but where else are you going to find a title like, “Benefits of high volume fly ash: new concrete mixtures provide financial, environmental and performance gains”?

  • Building a Freeway: Massive underground caissons give bridges strength

    October 21, 2011
    You know when you drive under or over a freeway bridge that it’s a massive structure… There are the two abutments (the upright supporting structures at each end that carries the load of the bridge span), there are usually center columns or piers, and, of course, the girders and the bridge deck (the part you actually drive across).

  • Popular route to Grand Canyon slated for improvement

    October 20, 2011
    They're typically headed to one of the country’s biggest tourist destinations -- the Grand Canyon. One of the main routes to the popular south entrance happens to be State Route 64, which takes motorists right through the middle of Tusayan (pop. 560). The small town gets a lot of pedestrian and vehicle traffic and understandably there have been some concern related to all the activity on SR 64.

  • ADOT seeks opinions as it studies future of I-17 corridor

    October 19, 2011
    If you regularly drive I-17 between the Maricopa Traffic Interchange (the Split) and Loop 101 (Agua Fria Freeway) in north Phoenix, you probably already realize the freeway is operating at (or near) total capacity. Now, just try to imagine what traffic will be like on that stretch by 2035!

  • Intercity Rail Study examines environmental impact, alternatives

    October 17, 2011
    Earlier we told you about the new intercity rail study that’s going to help ADOT examine the possibility of a new transportation link between Phoenix and Tucson. (By the way, there’s still plenty of time to comment and we hope you will!) But, today, we really want to focus on why ADOT conducts studies like this one.

  • Improvements on the way to Tucson area I-10

    October 14, 2011
    Construction got started earlier this fall on a project that’s designed to bring some big improvements for a stretch of Interstate-10 in the Tucson area. The I-10 widening project from Ruthrauff Road to Prince Road will not only expand the freeway to four lanes in each direction, but will also reconstruct the Prince Road traffic interchange so the road will pass over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks and I-10. New landscaping and entrance and exit ramp improvements are also part of the plan.