No construction closures scheduled along Arizona highways over busy Labor Day Weekend
Coalition of safety agencies urging drivers to ‘expect the unexpected’
PHOENIX –As thousands of drivers look ahead to trips to campsites, cabins and beaches, the Arizona Department of Transportation is working to keep state highways as open as possible over the Labor Day holiday weekend.
ADOT and its contractors will not schedule any full construction closures along state highways between Friday afternoon and late Monday night. Drivers are still urged to plan ahead and allow extra travel time, especially in areas where lane restrictions may be in place due to existing work zones.
Highway crews also are staging equipment such as front loaders and utility trucks at strategic locations along I-10 southeast of Chandler, I-17 in north Phoenix and Cordes Junction, and along State Route 87 north of Fountain Hills. The equipment will allow crews to respond as soon as possible if crashes or disabled vehicles occur along these often-busy holiday travel routes.
Drivers are urged to check their vehicles, including tire pressure, and get a good night’s rest before heading out on a trip. Motorists also are urged to:
- Buckle up
- Obey speed limits
- Avoid the busiest travel times if possible
- Never drive while impaired – arrange for a designated driver in advance
- Be prepared for unexpected closures during warmer weather and possible thunderstorms
- Pack extra drinking water and snack foods in case traffic is stopped due to a crash or disabled vehicle up ahead
You can check on statewide highway conditions on ADOT's Travel Advisory site at az511.gov or by calling 5-1-1 (within Arizona). Traffic information also is available on ADOT’s Twitter feed (@ArizonaDOT).