Adot: No Closures Scheduled Along State Highways Over Labor Day Weekend

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Drivers heading to the high country, the beach or elsewhere over the Labor Day weekend will not face any construction closures along state highways.

No construction closures are scheduled for state highway projects, including improvement projects along Phoenix area freeways, over the three-day holiday weekend.

While no closures are scheduled, Arizona Department of Transportation Director John Halikowski urges travelers to prepare for unscheduled closure.

“Those of us in the business of public safety have no control over where or when a crash might occur, or if a vehicle breaks down,” Halikowski said. “Drivers have to avoid all impairments, including alcohol or drugs, too little sleep or everyday distractions. That way, we lessen the chances of an unscheduled highway closure because of a crash.”

ADOT recommends travelers bring extra drinking water, snack foods and other supplies to help them stay cool in case they face an extended stop.

In 2009, seven people were killed in five crashes on highways and local roads in Arizona over the Labor Day weekend.

ADOT joins with the State Department of Public Safety and Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in urging drivers to follow these safe driving rules:

• Never drink and drive; arrange for a designated driver

• Check your vehicle, including tire pressure before traveling

• Get a good night’s rest before starting out on a trip

• Buckle up

• Follow speed limits; don’t follow other vehicles too closely

• You can stay up to date on highway conditions by visiting www.az511.gov or calling 5-1-1.

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