Category: Phoenix

Interstate Eleven Meetings Set

With six public meetings scheduled in June and an opportunity for the public to contribute in other ways, Arizonans can help shape the next step in planning for the proposed Interstate 11 as the Arizona Department of Transportation moves ahead on a three-year environmental study for a corridor stretching from Nogales to Wickenburg. Planned as much more than a highway, I-11 is envisioned as a multimodal corridor connecting Arizona with regional and international markets while opening up new opportunities for mobility, trade, job growth and economic competitiveness. ADOT has opened a 45-day comment period allowing Arizonans to provide input...

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Weekend Construction on Interstate 17

Improvement projects will require closures and other restrictions along Phoenix-area freeways this weekend (April 16-18). The Arizona Department of Transportation recommends planning ahead and considering alternate routes while the following scheduled restrictions are in place: Southbound Interstate 17 closed overnight at Deer Valley Road from 11 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday(April 16) for maintenance.DETOUR: Southbound I-17 traffic exiting at Deer Valley Road can use frontage road to re-enter I-17 at Rose Garden Lane Southbound Interstate 17 closed overnight at Happy Valley Road from 11 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday(April 18) for maintenance. DETOUR: Southbound I-17 traffic will...

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When it Comes to Driving in Work Zones, ‘The Vest Knows Best’

Safety campaign kicks off National Work Zone Awareness Week Flashing orange lights. Bright orange traffic cones. Striped barrels and barricades. You’re entering a work zone. What coincidental timing, too, because the Arizona Department of Transportation is marking the beginning of National Work Zone Awareness Week (April 11-15) this week. After slowing and merging near the start of the work zone, there’s the flagger with a stop/slow paddle and a fluorescent reflective vest strapped across his chest. Expertly moving traffic safely through the work zone all day, obey this person’s instructions – as ADOT’s work zone safety message declares, “The Vest Knows Best” – because lives, including yours, depend on it. Up ahead, see that maintenance crew? The highway is their office, so please slow down and focus on the road. This ensures a safe work space for them and keeps you safe, too. That’s especially important because, statistically, motorists are far more likely to die in a work zone crash. According to the Federal Highway Administration, drivers and passengers accounted for 82 percent of work zone fatalities nationally in 2014, the most recent year with complete data. In Arizona, the number of work zone deaths fell to 11 in 2014 after peaking at 17 in 2013. Despite this decrease in work zone fatalities, there is room for improvement To achieve that, in conjunction with National Work Zone Awareness Week,...

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Intermittent Northbound I-17 Closures Start April 17 for Overnight Work Near McGuireville 

Motorists using route should plan ahead, budget extra time A project to reduce the potential for rockfall in a quarter-mile section of northbound Interstate 17 between Camp Verde and Flagstaff will require closures of up to 30 minutes overnight starting Sunday, April 17, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Drivers using this route between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. should plan ahead and budget extra time on the following dates, when intermittent closures will occur northbound near milepost 292 approaching McGuireville: Starting Sunday, April 17, and ending at 6 a.m. Friday, April 22. Starting Sunday, April 24, and...

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Tell Us How You Get Around and Help Chart Arizona’s Transportation Future

National survey, ADOT survey will inform transportation investments How do you get around, Arizona? Spend a little time sharing what takes you from place to place and you’ll help inform how we all get around in the future. The Arizona Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration are asking households, most of them outside of metropolitan Phoenix and Tucson, to participate in the National Household Travel Survey. Up to 30,000 Arizona households, chosen at random, will be contacted by letter over the next year. It’s important that as many households as possible participate because the answers will help state,...

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