Expect afternoon rush-hour traffic to be extra scary on Halloween
PHOENIX – Halloween can be one of the scariest days of the year for Valley commuters, so expect delays and don’t lose your head.
“Experience tells us Phoenix-area freeways tend to have a heavier rush hour on Halloween afternoon,” Arizona Department of Transportation spokesman Doug Nintzel told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Tuesday.
“It starts a bit earlier, too.”
Nintzel suggested planning for extra travel time, leaving early if possible and being patient.
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He said rush hour is expected to build by 3 p.m., about an hour earlier than normal, on all Valley freeways.
“Folks are trying to get home for trick-or-treating with the kids or Halloween parties,” he said.
Nintzel also warned against turning into a zombie near the end of your trip.
“When you’re entering the home stretch, there may be trick-or-treaters crossing the street,” he said.
“So always take it easy, especially on that final part of the drive home.”
KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Nailea Leon contributed to this report.