No closures along Phoenix freeways, state highways over Labor Day weekend

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Phoenix— Drivers heading out on state highways for the Labor Day weekend will get a break from construction closures, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

No construction closures will be scheduled along state highways, including Phoenix-area freeways, over the extended Labor Day weekend.

Meanwhile, ADOT is teaming up with the Arizona Department of Public Safety and other agencies on a campaign to limit and respond quickly to crashes or disabled vehicles along Interstate 17 north of Phoenix.

DPS, ADOT, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and other safety agencies will conduct a weekend “Stay Alert, Stay Alive” safety campaign along the busy stretch of Interstate 17 between Black Canyon City and Camp Verde.

During the weekend’s busiest travel times, including Friday and Monday afternoons, DPS will increase enforcement efforts along I-17 while also deploying freeway service patrol teams to assist motorists in need of help.

ADOT’s overhead message boards along I-17 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 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.

The Black Canyon City and Daisy Mountain fire departments are also part of the I-17 safety corridor efforts. The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is working with local law enforcement agencies on a holiday DUI enforcement campaign.

Agencies also are gearing up to respond along other busy highways before and during the holiday weekend, including State Route 87 between Mesa and Payson, State Route 260 between Payson and Show Low, US 93 between Wickenburg and Hoover Dam as well as I-8 and I-10.

While no construction closures will be scheduled over the holiday weekend, an existing bridge-improvement work zone will slow traffic at times along Interstate 15 in northwestern Arizona, a primary route for travel between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.

In the Flagstaff area, heavier traffic should be expected along SR 89A near the I-17/J.W. Powell interchange while the Coconino County Fair is underway at Fort Tuthill Park. Although work will not be taking place on an improvement project at the interchange during the holiday weekend, the main entrance at the park will be closed and two temporary entrances into the fairgrounds will be used.

A total of eight fatalities occurred along all roadways in Arizona over last year’s Labor Day weekend. Eighteen people lost their lives over the holiday weekend in 2012.

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, be patient, obey speed limits, avoid distractions, and never drink and drive. Being prepared for unexpected closures is also a good idea. Packing extra drinking water and snack foods is recommended in case traffic is stopped due to a crash or disabled vehicle up ahead.

You can check on statewide highway conditions on ADOT’s Travel Advisory site at az511.gov or by calling 5-1-1 (within Arizona).

Staff (740 Posts)

There are news or informational items frequently written by staff or submitted to the Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner, Superior Sun, Pinal Nugget or Oracle Towne Crier for inclusion in our print or digital products. These items are not credited with an author.


facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Stories Just Posted

    Knights of Columbus People with Intellectual Disabilities Drive

    October 24th, 2014
    by

    Maybe you’ve seen them in Tucson and Oro Valley, in front of Fry’s or Safeway, giving away tootsie-rolls. They are […]


    Taking the fear out of Halloween for young kids

    October 24th, 2014
    by

    Halloween can be a fun time of year, but for infants, toddlers and preschoolers – who often can’t distinguish between […]


    Arizona Trails 2015 Draft Plan Available for Public Comment until November 19

    October 24th, 2014
    by

    Phoenix – Every five years, the recreational trails staff at Arizona State Parks prepares an information-filled report concerning Arizona’s motorized […]


    Arizona Senator Commits to Land Swap Bill

    October 23rd, 2014
    by

    By Senator John McCain Driving through Superior last week, I saw the boarded-up shops that line its Main Street. I […]


  • Stories Just For You

    Panthers clinch playoff berth with Homecoming win

    October 22nd, 2014
    by

    Superior Sun The Superior football team may or may not have needed to win last Friday’s Homecoming game against Hayden to reach the State Playoffs.


    SHS Student Council produces and directs a FABULOUS homecoming!

    October 22nd, 2014
    by

    Last week the Superior Panthers had Hollywood on their minds as they celebrated their homecoming.


    Magma Hotel owner updates Chamber of Commerce; Skeptics, beware – the Magma Hotel is opening soon!

    October 22nd, 2014
    by

    On Wednesday, more than 100 business leaders and residents from throughout the community and region attended the monthly chamber luncheon to get an update on the


    Bearcats ready for playoffs after finale win

    October 21st, 2014
    by

    Copper Basin News The Ray football team ended its regular season with a road win last Friday night, defeating Arête Prep, 62 – 14.


  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather

  • Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin