Over Thanksgiving weekend, state and local agencies will focus on keeping motorists safe and placing equipment and resources along heavily traveled highways to help move traffic should incidents occur. Additionally, the Arizona Department of Transportation and its contractors won’t schedule construction closures along state highways from Wednesday through Sunday evening.
While no closures are scheduled during the holiday weekend, travelers should be aware that existing work-zone restrictions will remain in place, including narrowed lanes on Interstate 19 near Tucson and lane reductions on Interstate 40 near the California-Arizona line.
Safety is being emphasized in three high-traffic zones that will receive enhanced enforcement from the Arizona Department of Public Safety and extra ADOT resources to minimize travel delays. Along Interstate 17 between north Phoenix and Flagstaff, Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson, and State Route 87 between Mesa and Payson, ADOT crews will stage equipment, such as loaders and utility trucks, for faster response times to crashes and stalled vehicles to decrease travel delays.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety will have an enhanced state trooper presence on highways, targeting impairment and dangerous driving behaviors. The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is working with state troopers, police officers and deputy sheriffs on a holiday DUI enforcement campaign. The Thanksgiving DUI Task Force Campaign involves nine separate statewide task forces and 72 different law enforcement agencies.
Last year, 16 people died in 10 fatal traffic collisions during the holiday weekend on Arizona’s state and local roadways.
To encourage smart driving decisions, ADOT’s overhead signs will display current traffic conditions, as well as safety messages.
Because unexpected delays can occur due to crashes and stalled vehicles, motorists traveling during the holiday weekend should:
- 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
- If traveling to the high country, pack cold-weather clothes and blankets