By Caroline Carpenter / ADOT Communications
Today we introduce the Friday Five on the ADOT Blog. Friday Five posts will feature a mashup of need-to-know ADOT info and photos of things we see on state highways. Follow the #FridayFive hashtag on your social media sites to see what others are sharing.
1. First on our list is a closure that will start tonight. Motorists traveling to the West Valley this weekend should allow extra travel time or plan ahead to avoid a closure of westbound Interstate 10 (Papago Freeway) at 59th Avenue due to construction of the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway. We have electronic message boards up around town, but you can read all of the details of work going on in our news release
2. This week, wildfires closed a handful of state highways, including a stretch of Interstate 17 in the far north Phoenix area. We’ll post closures on our social media sites (like the SR 366 closure we talked about on Facebook). You can also visit AZ511.gov
24/7 for closure information. For the latest on active wildfires, visit the Arizona Division of Emergency Management
. Also, read our post about how drivers can prevent wildfires
3. ADOT was TP-ed over the weekend! No – not one of our buildings, but US 60 in Tempe. While the photos are amusing, it’s a reminder to secure your load
, even if it’s a light one. Highway debris can cause crashes.
4. We don’t waffle when it comes to highways – we love ‘em all and want to educate you on Arizona’s transportation system. One way we do that is with fun trivia quizzes on Twitter. Make sure you follow @ArizonaDOT
to show off your knowledge!
5. We’re wrapping up our Friday Five with a sad statistic announced this week: Arizona motor vehicle collision deaths rose to 962 in 2016. ADOT's annual Motor Vehicle Crash Facts
report is out, showing that speeding, impairment and lack of seat belt use are the leading causes of fatalities. ADOT, other public safety agencies and partner organizations work to promote safety on all roadways through the Arizona Strategic Highway Safety Plan
, a framework for reducing motor vehicle crash fatalities and serious injuries.