ADOT plans no highway construction during Fourth of July weekend

2013-07-02T17:30:00Z ADOT plans no highway construction during Fourth of July weekendJoe Ferguson Arizona Daily Star
July 02, 2013 5:30 pm  • 

Construction crews working for the Arizona Department of Transportation will be taking the Fourth of July holiday and the rest of the week off. 

Officials with ADOT announced today there will be no construction-related closures later this week, as drivers criss-cross Arizona highways to beat the heat, see firework shows or visit with friends and family.

From the press release:

PHOENIX — As many drivers finalize Independence Day travel plans, the Arizona Department of Transportation will hold off on construction-related closures over the extended holiday weekend. 

While no construction closures are scheduled along state highways, ADOT is advising drivers to be patient and expect heavy traffic during peak travel times at the start and end of the weekend.

Travelers are reminded to track weather forecasts and to be prepared for hot temperatures and possible changing weather conditions, including dust storms. 

Drivers who will be on the road over the holiday weekend or at other times this summer are urged to follow these safety tips:

- Check your vehicle, including tire pressure, engine belts and hoses and fluid levels

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

- Buckle up, including all passengers in your vehicle

- Stay patient, don’t speed and don’t tailgate

- Expect the unexpected, including closures due to crashes or events such as wildfires

- Pack extra drinking water and snack foods

- Never drink and drive

- Avoiding parking your vehicle on dry grass and driving through tall grass; hot vehicle parts can spark a brush fire

- Check road conditions in advance at az511.gov or by calling 5-1-1

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