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  • Protect your child with an Arizona ID card

    April 27, 2011
    As the summer holiday travel season nears, there is an easy step you can take to protect your child in case of an emergency. Through the ADOT Motor Vehicle Division, you can obtain an Arizona ID card for your child. It looks similar to a driver license, but is used for identification purposes only.

  • Arizona's Scenic Roads

    April 25, 2011
    Whether you’re in the driver’s seat or just along for the ride, Arizona has many scenic roads to make your trip worth taking. But, what exactly is an official “scenic road” and who makes that determination?

  • Rubberized asphalt reduces noise, helps environment

    April 21, 2011
    Driving Valley Freeways this time of year? You might hear about or even experience lane restrictions because of rubberized asphalt paving. “Why,” you ask, “does ADOT schedule rubberized asphalt paving between March and May when so many of us are out and about enjoying the gorgeous weather?”

  • On ALERT

    April 20, 2011
    When an ADOT road in the greater-Maricopa County area needs to be closed due to a major crash, emergency or weather-related incident, the Arizona Local Emergency Response Team is put to the task. Otherwise known as ALERT (what a fitting acronym for this team always ready to act!), the group is made up of 10 ADOT maintenance employees who – on top of their regular daytime duties – volunteer to be on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to any emergency call.

  • Transportation Planning, part II

    April 19, 2011
    Last week we gave a brief overview of how ADOT plans for future transportation needs through a three-phased approach. We covered the Visioning phase (if money was no object, how would we plan for Arizona’s transportation future) and the Planning phase (given that resources are limited, how should we prioritize the needs identified in the Vision).

  • Dusty Roads

    April 18, 2011
    Arizona dust storms sometimes hit suddenly, without much notice at all. Drivers can be caught very quickly in a blinding wall of dust and debris that leaves almost no visibility. While these storms typically happen between May and September, motorists should be aware year-round of the potential danger these high-wind storms create.

  • How to tear down two bridges in 10 hours or less

    April 15, 2011
    In just 10 hours this past weekend, two bridges in southern Arizona were demolished in order to make way for something new. All it took was some good planning, plenty of patience from motorists, a few enormous machines, and a ton of work by crews on the sites.

  • Introducing Valley Freeways Thursdays!

    April 14, 2011
    Every Thursday, ADOT produces the Valley Freeways Weekend Closures map, detailing the major road closures planned for the upcoming weekend throughout Maricopa County's regional freeway system. The map is a great resource (if you don't already receive it you can sign up for that and other freeway-specific email updates here), but we want to use the ADOT blog to take the closure information one step further; to tell you more about WHY we're closing the freeways -- about how your tax dollars are being spent to improve your transportation system.

  • Transportation Planning: From Vision to Program

    April 13, 2011
    Ever try to figure out how ADOT decided to put a freeway where it did? Or why some roads have wider shoulders than others? Well, none of it happened by accident. ADOT, like most transportation agencies, takes a three-phased approach to transportation decision making: Vision, Planning and Programming.