No construction closures over holiday weekend
KINGMAN - The Arizona Department of Transportation is doing its part to reduce the labor of driving on the road with no construction closures on freeways or other highways across the state through Labor Day.
While there are no scheduled closures for this coming weekend, drivers should be aware of existing improvement project work zones around the state, including Interstate 10 west of Phoenix, Interstate 10 in Tucson, State Route 179 to Sedona and Interstate 17 north of Phoenix.
"It's been a busy summer and we have made substantial progress improving highways across the state to build safer connections for everyone," said ADOT Director Victor Mendez in a news release. "This weekend, many of us will take to the road to enjoy this final long weekend of the summer. ADOT wants to help everyone driving in or through Arizona to reach their destinations safely."
This wish comes on the heels of the 10 reported deaths in crashes on Arizona's roads and highways during Labor Day weekend last year.
"Drivers hold the key to safety," Mendez said. "We're working with the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Governor's Office of Highway Safety to urge drivers to be patient and use caution both this weekend and during the fall travel season." ADOT and law enforcement agencies throughout the state are asking drivers and passengers to buckle up and observe the following safe driving tips:
Allow extra travel time and be patient.
Observe speed limits, including lower speeds in work zones.
Check your vehicle before traveling, including tire pressure.
Be prepared for an unscheduled closure; bring extra supplies, including water.
Get a good night's rest before driving.
Think ahead; arrange for a designated driver and never drive impaired.
Drivers can get the latest information about highway restrictions online at www.az511.gov or by calling 5-1-1.