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  • The Smoothness Factor

    May 4, 2011
    In fact, ADOT goes to great lengths to make sure Arizona’s roads are as smooth as possible…even when that means walking hundreds of miles of roadway! To measure the smoothness of a road, ADOT uses a machine called a profilograph that surveys the road for any lumps, bumps or dips.

  • Enjoy the view - trees and cacti replanted to maintain the scenery on Loop 303

    May 3, 2011
    Who says constructing a freeway through a beautiful desert expanse has to spoil the view? Once the new stretch of Loop 303 opens this month, motorists will see for themselves that great care was taken by ADOT and its project partners to keep the scene as pristine and seemingly untouched as possible.

  • Paving the newest stretch of Loop 303

    May 2, 2011
    The countdown is on! It won’t be long before drivers in the West Valley get to experience the newest section of Loop 303, otherwise known as the Bob Stump Memorial Parkway.

  • The Bump in the Road (and how to eliminate it)

    April 28, 2011
    Over the past several years the soil under the Loop 101 travel lanes, where it abuts the bridge over Camelback Road, has been slowly settling and creating a depression.

  • 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.

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