No state highways construction closures scheduled on over Fourth of July weekend
Agencies place emphasis on safe driving, planning ahead
PHOENIX – As the Fourth of July weekend
approaches, state and local agencies are focusing efforts on promoting safety
along the busy highways, including Interstate 17 between north Phoenix and Camp
Verde, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
ADOT and its contractors will not
schedule construction closures along state highways between Thursday afternoon
and late Sunday night. Drivers are urged to use caution over the weekend,
especially in areas that have been narrowed due to existing work zones.
As they have done over recent
major holiday weekends, ADOT, the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the
Governor’s Office of Highway Safety will team with local first responders on
the state's "Stay Alert, Stay Alive" safe-driving campaign.
While pointing out that drivers
hold the key to safety, state officials stress the importance of being patient,
obeying speed limits, buckling up and avoiding distractions. While the holiday
weekend safety campaign is underway, DPS will place an emphasis on speed enforcement,
especially during the busy Thursday and Sunday afternoon travel periods.
ADOT's I-17 overhead message
boards will be used to post safety and highway-condition messages. Highway
crews also are staging equipment such as front loaders and utility trucks at
strategic locations along the highway, including the Outlets at Anthem mall and
the Sunset Point Rest Area. The equipment will allow crews to respond as soon
as possible if crashes or disabled vehicles need to be cleared.
Existing work zone locations along
state highways include State Route 260 about 20 miles east of Payson, where
traffic is shifted to single lanes in each direction for a bridge-improvement
project. Interstate 40 west of the State Route 89 junction near Ash Fork also
is narrowed to one lane in each direction for bridge work.
Drivers are urged to check their
vehicles, including tire pressure, and get a good night's rest before heading
out on a trip. Motorists also are urged to:
- Buckle up
- Obey speed limits
- Avoid the busiest travel times if possible
- Never drive while impaired – arrange for a designated driver in advance
- Be prepared for unexpected closures during warmer weather and possible thunderstorms
- Pack extra drinking water and snack foods in case traffic is stopped due to a crash or disabled vehicle up ahead
Check on highway conditions by visiting ADOT’s Travel Advisory site at az511.gov or by calling 5-1-1 (within Arizona). Traffic information also is available on ADOT’s Twitter feed (@ArizonaDOT).