Friday, August 31, 2018

Over Labor Day weekend, help us help you get where you're going safely


By David Woodfill / ADOT Communications

While you've been planning your holiday weekend, we've been busy getting ready to help you get safely to your destination.

For example: With heavy traffic expected as people head to and from the high country on Interstate 17, we're temporarily reducing the speed limit by 10 mph between New River and Sunset Point in the direction of greatest demand. You can help by taking it easy through this stretch and avoiding the speeding and aggressive driving that contribute to crashes and the resulting backups.

We've also stationed equipment along I-17 in the area to help clear crashes and stalled vehicles as quickly as possible.

All construction on is on hold for the three-day weekend, though some existing restrictions will remain in place for ongoing projects, including a closure of the ramp from northbound I-17 to westbound I-40 in Flagstaff, where we're improving I-40 bridge decks. Be sure to check or call 511 to learn about any restrictions that will be in place on your route.

No matter how much planning we do, it's not enough if you and other motorists don't do your part. That's why we provide these tips for Labor Day travel:

  • Plan for additional travel time in case of delays.
  • Obey speed limits.
  • Be civil with your fellow drivers.
  • Slow down in existing work zones.
  • Use seat belts.
  • Never drive impaired and prevent others from doing so.
And, just in case you do get stuck in traffic, here are a few things to consider:
  • Pack water and snacks.
  • Bring all necessary medications.
  • Keep your phone charged.
Related: Three tips for a successful Labor Day road trip

So go ahead and get out there. Enjoy the best Arizona has to offer this weekend as well as a hot dog or three. But – most importantly – get where you're going safely.


Posted by David Woodfill   |  Labels:  ADOT, Arizona-Department-of-Transportation, Labor-Day


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