ADOT urges drivers to be prepared as new snowstorm approaches
With another snowstorm approaching, ADOT is urging drivers to remember to delay travel and stay off the roads if possible.
In a recent news release, the department noted that sections of Interstate 17 north of Cordes Junction and Highway 89A near Jerome closed due to crashes and heavy snowfall during the most recent snowstorm, Dec. 31. Highway 169 and Highway 260 were also closed. Since these events can happen during inclement weather, it is safest to wait out the storm before driving.
Crews are ready to plow the roads and keep them clear and ADOT equipment service technicians have been keeping the snowplows in shape and the highways have been treated with deicing materials to keep snow and ice from sticking to the surface of the road. However, driving in a snowstorm can still be hazardous due to the rapid changes in visibility and surface conditions.
Before deciding whether and when to travel, check weather reports and the latest highway conditions by visiting the ADOT Arizona Traveler Information site, www.az511.gov, by calling 511 or checking @ArizonaDOT on Twitter. The department’s free app, available at ADOTAlerts.com, will also send information to users in affected areas where possible in advance of alternative routes in the event of freeway closures or other major traffic events as well.
If it isn’t possible to delay traveling, it’s best to be prepared for the possibility of spending extended time in winter conditions.
“Pack an emergency kit with items like extra blankets, warm clothes, food and water, cat litter or sand for traction, a first-aid kit and a fully charged cell phone,” the release states.” Make sure to slow down and drive for the conditions you are in. Be sure to leave extra room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. Give snowplows plenty of room to work. Avoid passing a plow until the driver pulls aside to let traffic by.”
For more tips on winter-driving, visit www.azdot.gov/knowsnow.
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