ADOT: Truck driver training in Mexico marks successful 1st year

On a Monday morning one year ago, five uniformed officers from the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Enforcement and Compliance Division drove south, crossing the Mexican border at San Luis south of Yuma on a mission that had never been attempted. Their task: Make Arizona roads safer and boost the state’s economy by training Mexican truck […]

Record generosity as specialty license plate sales exceed $10 million

What comes in many colors but ultimately rakes in the green? The answer is Arizona’s specialty license plates with annual sales exceeding $10 million for the first time ever. During the fiscal year ending June 30, the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Division collected $10,617,427 for veterans’ services, families of fallen first-responders, cancer research, […]

ADOT creates mobile version of popular bicycling route map

The Arizona Department of Transportation is making it easier for residents and tourists to bicycle throughout Arizona by updating the free Cycle Arizona Bicycle User Map available online and adding a mobile-friendly version. To help cyclists plan their routes, the map includes information on shoulder widths, grades and traffic volumes for the state highway system, […]

New ADOT agreements with Arizona tribes make project funding easier

A recent change in the Arizona Department of Transportation’s contract language with tribal governments makes it easier to partner on transportation projects. Collaboration with other governments can be complicated, especially with sovereign nations for decades that required if ADOT wanted to work with a tribal government, the tribe had to agree to a “waiver of […]

ADOT: Pilot safety program produces dramatic results

The time it takes to clear freeway crashes has been reduced by more than an hour, saving lives, time, and money, transportation officials say. The positive news follows an analysis of a three-year pilot program funded by the Maricopa Association of Governments and the Arizona Department of Transportation. The program places Arizona Department of Public […]

Dogs help officers identify criminal activity at ports of entry

To help reduce smuggling of drugs and people, Arizona Department of Transportation officers at commercial ports of entry in eastern and western Arizona are using the agency’s first K-9 units. Between December and May, the two K-9 units, based at the Interstate 10 Ehrenberg Port of Entry near California and the Interstate 40 Sanders Port […]

Prepare yourself and vehicle before highway trips in extreme heat

It’s always important to make sure that you and your vehicle are ready for the possibility of becoming stranded on the highway, but the need is even more critical in times of extreme heat. Have extra drinking water for you and your passengers, including pets. An umbrella for shade. A fully charged cellphone. Being ready […]

Get Arizona travel identification meeting federal standards with online ease

The Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division is easing the process for Arizona residents to get the Voluntary Travel I.D. According to a press release, fliers must have that particular identification or another form of federally accepted identification like a U.S. Passport as of Oct. 1, 2020 since the U.S. Transportation Security Administration will […]

Minority, women-owned businesses receive contracts worth $109M

The team building the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway has awarded more than $100 million in contracts to local, small businesses. According to a press release, the companies are run by socially and economically disadvantaged groups, including minorities and women. The $109 million exceeds the Arizona Department of Transportation’s goal for Connect 202 Partners, the […]

Beware of animals crossing roads as crashes spike in June

Beware of hitting wildlife crossing roads when traveling up north as animal-related crashes spike in June. The Arizona Department of Transportation’s Traffic Operations Center often receives “car versus deer” traffic calls during this time of year as it’s not uncommon for vehicle crashes with deer, antelope, elk, bear and other animals during a single evening […]