The Arizona Department of Transportation encourages motorists to plan ahead for travel during the Independence Day holiday, and also reminds the public of the roles motorists play in preventing brush fires and wildfires near roadways.
Multiple times last month, brush fires ignited by vehicles or motorists forced highway closures in Arizona. Travelers can minimize the risk of starting fires along Arizona roads by:
- Making sure chains are secured and not dragging, emitting sparks.
- Not parking or driving in dry, tall grass.
- Checking tire pressure because exposed wheel rims can cause sparks.
- Never throwing cigarettes out the window.
No highway closures are scheduled during the July Fourth holiday, but travelers should be aware that existing work-zone restrictions will remain in place, including I-10 in west Phoenix.
Because unexpected delays can occur due to crashes and stalled vehicles, drivers are encouraged to:
- Pack extra drinking water and snacks.
- Avoid the busiest travel times, if possible.
- Get plenty of rest before driving.
- Check vehicles, including tire pressure, belts and fluid levels.
The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is working with state troopers, police officers and deputy sheriffs on a holiday DUI enforcement campaign. By obeying speed limits, driving safely and not allowing impaired persons behind the wheel, travelers can reduce the chance of serious crashes that often create long travel delays and close highways. In 2017, alcohol played a role in all three fatal crashes that occurred during the holiday.
Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov, by calling 511 and through ADOT’s Twitter feed, @ArizonaDOT. When a freeway closure or other major traffic event occurs, our free app available at ADOTAlerts.com will send critical information directly to app users in affected areas – where possible, in advance of alternate routes.