ADOT: Leave Prepared, Note Restrictions If Heading To The High Country

Travelers heading to the Mogollon Rim or White Mountains to seek relief from this week’s extreme heat should pack patience in addition to necessities for driving in hot weather. Both State Route 87 and US 60 have restrictions that could slow your trip north.

One northbound lane of SR 87 is closed and the speed limit is reduced between mileposts 244 and 245 due to extensive pavement damage from a Friday’s tanker fire. The Arizona Department of Transportation is developing plans to complete an environmental cleanup and repair the northbound roadway through this area about 10 miles south of Payson.

US 60 has reopened after a days-long closure due to the Flying V Fire, but drivers should plan for delays as fire crews monitor conditions. Between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., there is a single-lane closure in both directions between mileposts 300 and 303, with a pilot car guiding traffic through this area about 35 miles south of Show Low. There are no restrictions between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Wherever you may be going in this week’s extreme heat, following these tips can help keep you, your passengers and your pets safe:

  • Make sure your fuel tank is at least three-quarters full to avoid running out of gas.
  • Make sure your vehicle’s air conditioning is functioning properly.
  • Pack a cooler with cold drinking water and healthy snacks.
  • Have an umbrella, sunscreen, sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and loose-fitting, light-colored cotton clothing for sun protection.
  • Review other ADOT tips for extreme weather at

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