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Highway restrictions set for installation of new Dynamic Message Signs around the state

Overhead message boards alert drivers to traffic, dust storm information
August 12, 2013

PHOENIX — The Arizona Department of Transportation will be installing Dynamic Message Signs around the state over the next few weeks. Drivers should be aware the sign installation projects will cause temporary traffic restrictions.

The following restrictions will take place next week for the installation of message signs in northern Arizona:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 13 on I-17 northbound at milepost 334.7 just south of Flagstaff Right lane closure from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with rolling closures throughout the day
  • Wednesday, Aug. 14 on I-40 westbound at milepost 250.7 in Winslow Right lane closure from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. with rolling closures throughout the day
  • Thursday, Aug. 15 on I-40 eastbound at milepost 42.2 just west of Kingman Right lane closure from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. with rolling closures throughout the day

A new message sign will also be installed the following week on Aug. 20 just east of Willcox. The work will require a right lane closure eastbound on I-10 at milepost 347.9 from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.

These new electronic signs will bring the total number of DMS boards around state to 182.  Overhead signs help keep drivers informed about traffic conditions, alternate routes, special events, weather conditions, and fire, flood and dust storm dangers. The signs help drivers make informed decisions about their travel routes.

In addition to the installation of signs in new locations, an existing older DMS board along State Route 260 at milepost 302.4 near Heber will be replaced with a new sign during the week of Aug. 26.  Crews will work in the westbound direction Monday through Wednesday and in the eastbound direction Thursday and Friday. Flaggers will be on site to direct traffic through the work zone.

ADOT asks motorists traveling in the sign installation areas to plan extra travel time and be prepared to stop or slow down in the work zones.