Best advice: Don’t drive into a dust storm

PHOENIX – Are you ready, Arizona? Monsoon season is back.

While the exact moment of when the first massive wall of dust will rise up from the desert floor isn’t known, we do know this: It’s coming.

With June 9-14 officially proclaimed Monsoon Awareness Week by Governor Doug Ducey, now is the perfect time to brush up on the actions drivers can take to stay safest when confronted with blowing dust.

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The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers in southeastern Arizona that US 70 is closed to all traffic near Bylas (between mileposts 288 and 294) due to a brush fire.

Motorists planning to travel between Safford and Globe should delay traveling or take an alternate route.Drivers traveling between the Safford area and Phoenix should take US 191 south from Safford to westbound Interstate 10.

There is no estimated time for US 70 to reopen. For real-time highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT's Traveler Information Site at www.az511.gov, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except while driving.   more...
The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers on the Price Freeway to slow down and use caution around construction personnel and equipment while the following ramp closures are scheduled to be in place:

The southbound Elliot Road on-ramp will be closed from 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, to 5 a.m. Thursday, June 13, and from 9 p.m. Thursday, June 13, to 5 a.m. Friday, June 14.

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Lower speed limit of 55 mph in effect through work zones

The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to slow down and use caution around construction personnel and equipment while the following restrictions are scheduled to be in place during the week of June 10:

19th Avenue at Loop 101

19th Avenue will be closed in both directions between the west- and eastbound Loop 101 frontage roads from 10 p.m. Friday, June 14, to 5 a.m. Monday, June 17.

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Drivers should allow extra travel time and plan for possible delays.

The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan ahead for lane restrictions on US 95 in Yuma.

Contractors are scheduled to apply asphalt to preserve and seal pavement, stripe the roadway and do related work.

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While ADOT works to minimize delays, drivers should check 511 before trips

PHOENIX – With warm weather returning, the Arizona Department of Transportation is resuming projects to repair and preserve the surfaces of state highways in Arizona’s high country.

While ADOT works to minimize delays for those traveling to and from northern Arizona, including not scheduling work over weekends and holidays, highways at higher elevations can only be paved during warmer months. Drivers heading north this summer should prepare by checking the Arizona Traveler Information site az511.gov, calling 511 and following ADOT’s Twitter account (@ArizonaDOT) to get the latest information on highway restrictions.

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