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Heading to the High Country? Patience and Preparation are Key, ADOT Says

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Travelers planning to escape this week's scorching temperatures by retreating to the Mogollon Rim or White Mountains are being advised by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) to pack patience, along with necessities for hot weather travel. Delays are likely on State Route 87 and US 60 due to fire-related damages and restrictions.

On State Route 87, one northbound lane is presently closed, with speed limits reduced between mileposts 244 and 245. This restriction is due to severe pavement damage caused by a tanker fire last Friday night. The incident site is situated about 10 miles south of Payson. ADOT is in the process of devising plans for repairing the northbound roadway in this area.

Meanwhile, the US 60 highway has recently reopened after being closed for several days as a consequence of the Flying V Fire. However, drivers should anticipate delays as fire crews continue to monitor conditions. Between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., a single-lane closure is in effect in both directions between mileposts 300 and 303, with a pilot car guiding traffic through the area, which is about 35 miles south of Show Low. No restrictions are in place between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

To ensure the safety and comfort of travelers, their passengers, and pets in this week's extreme heat, ADOT advises following these tips:

  • Keep your fuel tank at least three-quarters full to prevent running out of gas.
  • Ensure your vehicle's air conditioning is functioning properly.
  • Pack a cooler with cold drinking water and healthy snacks.
  • Carry an umbrella, sunscreen, sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and wear loose-fitting, light-colored cotton clothing for sun protection.

More extreme weather tips are available on ADOT's website at azdot.gov/severe-weather. As conditions and restrictions on the highways can change rapidly, ADOT encourages travelers to stay informed about the latest updates. Visit ADOT's Arizona Traveler Information website at az511.gov, use the AZ511 app, call 511, or check ADOT's Twitter feed, @ArizonaDOT, for real-time information before setting off on your journey.

In these hot and challenging conditions, your safety and well-being are paramount. Travel with care and stay safe, Arizona!
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