Environmental Planning


Winter Storm Management

ADOT is responsible for keeping transportation corridors safe and operational during winter months when snow and ice accumulate on Arizona highways. ADOT Operations personnel use a variety of winter storm management techniques to ensure emergency services remain available and that commercial, employment, education, and recreational activities are not disrupted during adverse weather conditions. Common practices include snowplowing, applying anti-icing and deicing chemicals, spreading abrasives to improve traction, removing trees to reduce roadway shading, installing snow fences to control drift, and providing traffic controls.

ADOT has completed an Environmental Overview of its winter storm management activities on state highways. The Environmental Overview evaluated current operations, assessed their effectiveness, and provided recommendations within an environmental and socioeconomic context. During this process, ADOT held an agency/stakeholder meeting in Prescott and four public meetings in Tucson, Globe, Show Low, and Flagstaff in early 2008. Once agency and public comments were addressed within the document, the Environmental Overview was finalized in October 2008.

The recommendations outlined in the Environmental Overview have been incorporated into the statewide Winter Storm Management Operations Manual. The Operations Manual includes an ambient monitoring program that will evaluate chemical and abrasive usage on key Arizona highways. The program will determine any related environmental impacts through biological sampling and will examine the effectiveness of best management practices. The information learned through this program will be used to update operations, and the Operations Manual, so that ADOT can better adapt to changing conditions and technologies as required.

For additional information, please contact Mark Trennepohl at 602.712.8277.

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Civil Rights

Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other nondiscrimination laws and authorities, ADOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Persons that require a reasonable accommodation based on language or disability should contact ADOT’s Civil Rights Office at civilrightsoffice@azdot.gov. Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the accommodation.

De acuerdo con el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés) y otras normas y leyes antidiscriminatorias, el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT) no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, edad o discapacidad. Las personas que requieran asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por el idioma o discapacidad deben ponerse en contacto con la Oficina de Derechos Civiles de ADOT en civilrightsoffice@azdot.gov. Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más antes posible para asegurar que el Estado tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.