Ever find yourself waiting in traffic when a Phoenix-area freeway is closed for construction work and wondered, “I wish I had known about this ahead of time?”
To help you avoid scheduled closures and to consider alternate routes, the Arizona Department of Transportation has a customer friendly way for you to sign up to receive free emailed updates of project news, including major restrictions scheduled for highway improvements.
Receiving updates is as easy as visiting ADOT’s website at azdot.gov and clicking the words “Subscribe for Updates” at the top of the left column of the homepage. You’ll be able to decide which sections of freeways or other state highways you’d like to be kept up to date on.
ADOT updates will be emailed your way for any number of current projects, such as the Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) improvement project between Interstate 17 and Pima Road in north Phoenix and Scottsdale.
One of ADOT’s popular weekly updates is the Weekend Travel Advisory that is sent each Thursday afternoon to those who sign up. The advisory lists major closures or lane restrictions scheduled along Phoenix-area freeways on the upcoming weekend, while also providing subscribers with a helpful map detailing restriction locations. To date, more than 38,000 people have signed up to receive the weekend advisory each week.
ADOT updates are not limited to news about scheduled closures. Advisories can also provide agency news related to major ongoing or planned projects, including the Interstate 10 Broadway Curve Project that will add lanes and build other improvements along 11 miles of I-10 between the I-17 “Split” interchange in Phoenix and Loop 202 (Santan Freeway) in Chandler. Construction is set to begin by late this summer.
In addition to ADOT’s emailed updates, the agency has other resources to provide people with information about highway conditions across the state. They include ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov or 511 phone system, which provides real-time highway condition listings. When a freeway closure or other major traffic event occurs, the free ADOT Alerts app (ADOTAlerts.com(link is external)) will send information directly to app users in affected areas and where possible – in advance of alternate routes.