Arizona motor vehicle crash deaths rose to 962 in 2016

Speeding, impairment and lack of seat belt use remain leading fatality factors

Traffic fatalities on Arizona’s local roads and state highways climbed higher for the second straight year and driver behavior continues to be a leading factor in motor vehicle collisions, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation’s annual Motor Vehicle Crash Facts report.

In 2016, 962 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes, 65 ...

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State Transportation Board approves 2018-2022 Five-Year Construction Program

Expansion projects along busy corridors to improve commutes, commercial travel

Projects will increase capacity on key commerce corridors including Interstate 10, State Route 189, US 93 and Interstate 17 under the Arizona Department of Transportation’s construction program covering fiscal years 2018 through 2022.

On Friday, the State Transportation Board approved an annual update to ADOT’s Five-Year Transportation Facilities Construction Program, which includes projects in Greater Arizona and the Maricopa County and Pima County regions. This followed a three-month comment period ...

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With extreme heat forecast, prepare yourself and your vehicle

Fully charged cellphone, extra drinking water are just a start

With extreme heat in the forecast, it’s especially important for drivers to plan before taking to state highways, starting with having a fully charged cellphone as well as extra drinking water for all passengers, including pets.

Even though your vehicle has air conditioning, be ready in case you must spend extended time on the highway due to a breakdown or some ...

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Drivers should plan extra travel time on State Route 89A in Oak Creek Canyon this week

Pavement repairs scheduled Monday and Tuesday

Motorists traveling on State Route 89A north of Sedona should allow extra time Monday, June 19, and Tuesday, June 20, while pavement repairs are underway.

A single-lane restriction will be in place during daylight hours with flagging to allow for alternating travel in the work zone.  Drivers should be patient and watch for construction personnel and equipment between mileposts 377 and 384 in Oak Creek Canyon.

Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other ...

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Nighttime paving will restrict US 93 June 26-29 near Wickenburg

Work will occur between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.

The Arizona Department of Transportation is planning to begin a pavement-improvement project on US 93 from Wickenburg to the junction of State Route 89 (mileposts 193-198). While paving occurs, the roadway will be narrowed to one lane only, and a pilot car will guide drivers through the work zone. Work hours are 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily from Monday, June 26, to Thursday, June 29.

Drivers should proceed through ...

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Allow extra travel time on State Route 87 north of Strawberry

Motorists traveling on State Route 87 should allow extra time while surface sealant is applied on 13 miles of the highway from the SR 260 Junction to Clint’s Well. Work will occur between mileposts 278 and 291 on Tuesday, June 13, and Wednesday, June 14, during daylight hours.

The roadway will be reduced to one lane with a pilot car guiding alternating traffic through the work zone. Drivers should plan for delays of up to 15 minutes; observe reduced speed limits; and ...

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Monsoon Awareness Week reminds Arizonans of severe weather dangers

Drivers should ‘Pull Aside, Stay Alive’ when encountering dust storms 

Coming soon: Spectacular sunsets and brief heat relief from monsoon moisture.

Also coming soon: Low- or no-visibility on roadways caused by dust storms.

Monsoon season is returning to Arizona and during Monsoon Awareness Week, June 12-16, the Arizona Department of Transportation is reminding drivers how to stay safe on roadways when dust storms arrive.

ADOT’s top tip: Do not drive into a dust ...

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Bridge project begins Monday on State Route 87 south of Winslow

Drivers on State Route 87 should plan for delays beginning Monday, June 12, as Arizona Department of Transportation crews begin deck improvements on Jack’s Canyon Bridge, located approximately 12 miles south of Winslow (mileposts 330 to 331).

A temporary traffic signal will alternate travel in the work zone until the project is completed in winter 2017. A 10-foot width restriction for travel will also be in place.

Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For more information, please ...

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No services available for part of Tuesday, June 13, at Sunset Point Rest Area

Restrooms, drinking fountains and vending machines won’t be available at the Interstate 17 Sunset Point Rest Area north of Phoenix from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, due to utility work in the area.

Motorists will still be able to stop at the rest area, which is located at milepost 252, south of Cordes Junction, though services won’t be available with the power out.

The other ADOT rest area along I-17 between Phoenix and Flagstaff is McGuireville at milepost 297.

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ADOT message boards heat up

Motorists driving on Interstate 17 between Black Canyon City and Cordes Junction will see a hot, new message on a couple of our overhead signs, encouraging travelers tune in to 1690 AM and 1650 AM for wildfire information.

The effort is a partnership between ADOT, Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs and Bureau of Land Management. From June 1 to July 15, signs on northbound I-17 at Sunset Point Rest Area and ...

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