(ADOT Press Release) – The National Weather Service has issued a high wind advisory for Tuesday that could impact drivers traveling in southern regions of the state.
A storm system will bring strong winds to Arizona on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. Winds between 30-35 mph with stronger gusts up to 60 mph are expected across much of the desert southwest. Travel along highways, including interstates 10 and 8, could be affected by dusty conditions.
Strong winds in excess of 25 mph, with gusts above 40 mph, also are forecast across northern Arizona.
Drivers with plans to use eastbound Interstate 10 in the Tempe area or to head from Phoenix to Tucson Friday night or Saturday should prepare for a full closure of the freeway, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Eastbound I-10 will be closed between US 60 (Superstition Freeway) and Loop 202 (Santan Freeway) from 10:00 pm Friday to 3:00 pm Saturday (October 1st) while multiple crews work to replace three massive sign structures and install new signs above the freeway.
While eastbound I-10 is closed, traffic will be detoured along eastbound US 60, southbound Loop 101 (Price Freeway) and westbound Loop 202 in order to reconnect with I-10.
Beginning September 13th, some hybrid vehicle owners will have another opportunity to snare one of the “blue sky” energy-efficient license plates made available through a federal pilot project.
The federal pilot program, which began in 2007, is designed to test the impact of allowing 10,000 hybrid vehicles to use the HOV lanes in Arizona during peak travel times without occupancy restrictions. Since the limit was reached, about 2,500 of the blue plates have been returned or not renewed. This surplus allows the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division to again offer a window for eligible vehicle owners to obtain one of the special plates.
Nearly 24,500 vehicles on Arizona’s roads are eligible for the program, including any model year of the Toyota Prius, Honda Civic Hybrid and Honda Insight.
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) will resume paving State Route 238 (Smith-Enke Road), between Maricopa and Mobile, this week.
Crews will be working from Noon to 2:00 am each day, from today through Friday. Segments of the eastbound lane of SR 238 will be closed during work hours.
ADOT is cautioning drivers to expect the following:
One lane will be closed in the vicinity where construction crews will be working.
Those headed into the Phoenix area this weekend should be aware of planned lane closures on Interstate 10.
The Arizona Department of Transportation has announced that westbound freeway traffic will be reduced to one lane between Wild Horse Pass and Chandler Boulevards, from 10:00 pm Friday to 9:00 pm Saturday, as crews shift travel lanes and install overhead signage in relation to the new HOV ramps being constructed at the junction of I-10 and the Loop 202 (Santan Freeway).
ADOT is warning that heavy traffic delays are possible and recommending drivers plan alternate routes. Those coming in from Maricopa can stay on State Route 347 across I-10 onto Queen Creek Road, then east to Price Road which leads onto Loop 101 North.
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 Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division, families can obtain an Arizona identification card for their child. Identification cards are available at any ADOT MVD office.
Having a photo identification card for your child is valuable in emergency situations. It assists law enforcement agencies in rapidly distributing a child’s information and photograph in the event the child becomes lost.
Having an ID card also can help prevent against identity theft and may even be useful when traveling in and out of the country.
Motorists traveling near Maricopa should allow extra travel tomorrow as the Arizona Department of Transportation works two complete two projects along State Route 347 before the start of Memorial Day weekend.
The cleanup from a fuel spill by an overturned semi-truck last weekend has been extended until 3:30 pm today. ADOT will close one southbound lane of SR 347 (Maricopa Road) approximately one-half mile north of Maricopa (milepost 175).
Crews have been working diligently to remove the hazardous material before the holiday weekend. During work yesterday, it was determined that additional equipment is needed and will be mobilized in order to complete the project today.