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No metro Phoenix freeway closures scheduled for Fourth of July weekend

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PHOENIX — There will be no closures or restrictions on metro Phoenix freeways during the Fourth of July weekend, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

While weekend drivers won’t encounter construction on Valley freeways, restrictions along 13 miles of State Route 87 will affect northbound traffic over the weekend, according to a press release.

Repairs to guardrails and fencing due to the Bush Fire have forced a right lane closure between mileposts 223 and 236 since SR 87 reopened in both directions on June 23.

ADOT has advised travelers to account for extra travel time or use alternate routes if driving to Payson and eastern mountain areas.

Weekend travelers should consider Interstate 17 to SR 260 as an alternate route to Payson and U.S. 60 as an alternate route to the White Mountains, according to ADOT.

Heavy traffic is also expected along I-17 during peak travel periods.

ADOT also advised holiday travelers equip themselves with face coverings and be prepared to practice social distancing while they enjoy Independence Day.

Finally, with more than 460,000 acres of Arizona land burned this year due to wildfires, ADOT has asked motorist to use extra caution so that is blaze is not sparked by their vehicle.

Drivers can prevent igniting wildfires by taking precautions such as avoiding pulling over or stopping in areas with grass and brush and ensuring that items such as trailer chains are not dragging along highway pavement.

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