PHOENIX –  US 191 is closed in both directions midway between Alpine and Morenci in eastern Arizona, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The closure is between mileposts 204 and 207. It's due to adverse effects from the heavy rain and prevents travel between the towns of Alpine and Morenci.

This is in the area of the Bear Fire burn scar.

Motorists are advised to expect delays and seek an alternate route.

There is no estimated time to reopen the highway.

Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov, by calling 511 and through ADOT’s Twitter feed,@ArizonaDOT. When a freeway closure or other major traffic event occurs, our free app available at ADOTAlerts.com will send critical information directly to app users in affected areas – where possible, in advance of alternate routes.

BENSON – Motorists should plan for an extended closure of State Route 80 between Benson and St. David while crews with the Arizona Department of Transportation work to repair soil erosion under the roadway.

The closure requires drivers to use SR 90 to the west of Benson and SR 82, which connects with SR 80 north of Tombstone. The detour adds about 20 miles to a trip.

The closure was put into place Monday afternoon, when ADOT maintenance crews discovered repairs needing attention under the roadway. The SR 80 closure is about 5 miles south of Interstate 10 between mileposts 298-299, near Apache Power Road. There is no estimated time to complete repairs and reopen the highway.

The damage is a reminder that many factors can trigger unplanned closures that will require repairs before a roadway can safely reopen to traffic. Drivers should get road conditions at AZ511.gov before traveling, or by checking with ADOT on Twitter, Facebook or the ADOT Alerts app.


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