ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: No full highway closures through New Year’s Day


Arizona Department of Transportation issued the following announcement on Dec. 27.

Drivers traveling state highways in the days leading up to 2019 won’t have to contend with any full closures for construction or maintenance work, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

As was the case over Christmas weekend, ADOT won’t schedule any closures for ongoing highway projects through Wednesday morning, Jan. 2.

Drivers should focus on safe driving over the upcoming New Year’s weekend. ADOT’s electronic highway signs will at times display holiday-themed safety messages.

Because unexpected delays can occur due to crashes, disabled vehicles and weather, motorists should:

  • Pack extra drinking water and snacks
  • Get plenty of rest before driving – drowsy driving is unsafe
  • Never drive while impaired – arrange for a designated driver or ride service
  • Check vehicles, including tire pressure, engine belts and fluid levels
  • Be prepared to slow down and use caution in existing highway work zones
  • If traveling to the high country, pack an emergency preparation kit in your vehicle that includes cold-weather clothes and blankets
Winter driving safety tips, including a list of items to have in an emergency prep kit, are available via azdot.gov/KnowSnow. Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov, by calling 511 and through ADOT’s Twitter feed, @ArizonaDOT. When a freeway closure or other major traffic event occurs, our free app available at ADOTAlerts.com will send critical information directly to app users in affected areas – where possible, in advance of alternate routes.

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