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Thursday, May 27, 2010

All highways a go over Memorial Day weekend

PHOENIX – If you have plans to head out on Arizona’s highways over the Memorial Day weekend, the Arizona Department of Transportation has some welcome news.

No construction-related closures are scheduled along state highways, including Phoenix area freeways, over the extended holiday weekend. That includes Friday afternoon (May 28) when many holiday travelers take to the road.

There’s also good news for drivers who use Interstate 17 to travel in or out of the Phoenix area. ADOT recently completed the final stage of rubberized asphalt paving along what is now a much wider stretch of I-17 between Loop 101 and Anthem Way in the north Phoenix region. That work completed projects to expand I-17 to four lanes in each direction between Loop 101 and Carefree Highway and to three lanes in each direction between Carefree Highway and Anthem Way.

Highway travel between the Phoenix area and Las Vegas has improved with the new US 93 interim bypass route in Wickenburg. The bypass, linking US 60 and US 93, has reduced travel time by shifting traffic from the previously congested local streets in the downtown Wickenburg area.

ADOT urges drivers to be prepared in the event of any unscheduled highway restrictions over the holiday weekend. Drivers are asked to follow these safety tips before and during any road trips this summer:

Buckle Up
Be Patient and Don’t Speed
Use Extra Caution in Existing Work Zones
Never Drink and Drive
Check Your Vehicle, Including Tire Pressure
Get Some Rest Before Your Trip
Check Highway Conditions at www.az511.gov

ADOT has joined with the State Department of Public Safety and Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in asking drivers to focus on safe driving over the holiday weekend and throughout the summer driving season.

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