Official Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) Press Release Regarding Road Closures and Conditions. Caution urged for travelers in the high country.
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Saturday, January 23, 2010 -
For Immediate Release: Jan. 22, 2010
Contact: ADOT Media Relations
ADOT Media Line: 1.800.949.8057
CLOSURE UPDATE: Interstates 40 and 17 to Reopen Tonight; Safety Top Concern
Drivers: Be Cautious in Changing Conditions
I-17 will reopen at the same time for southbound traffic only. On Saturday morning, I-17 northbound from the Sedona turnoff (State Route 179) is expected to open, allowing time for additional runoff to drain from the highway.
While these critical routes will be reopened to all traffic, drivers are warned of continued threatening conditions. Blowing snow, flurries, drifts, high winds, low visibility and water running across roadways have been reported on both highways. Drivers are urged to use caution and to limit trips when possible. Roadways are passable but conditions may change based on weather conditions. Drivers should also be alert to possible roadway damage and reduce travel speeds.
Both I-17 and I-40 were closed on Thursday afternoon when an intense winter storm pounded the state, dropping more than two feet of snow. ADOT responded by actively working to assist motorists, support DPS officers and complete repairs and snow removal as quickly as possible. I-40 and I-17 are important corridors for state and national freight hauling, and are important routes for travelers. Because of this importance, ADOT applied all available resources to opening both highways as quickly as possible.
Heavy snow created unsafe conditions along both stretches of the interstate traveling to or through
Other ADOT highways of note:
-- State Route 87 closed (including off-road areas) between
-- State Route 89a between Sedona and
-- State Route 260 closed between McNary and Eagar due to blowing and drifting snow.
-- State Route 273 closed approaching Sunrise Ski Resort due to heavy snow.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.