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No state highway closures for Labor Day weekend, ADOT stresses safety

A public service announcement on a traffic sign from the Arizona Department of Transportation reminds motorists of the coronavirus outbreak Sunday, July 19, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX — State highways will be closure-free this Labor Day weekend.

The Arizona Department of Transportation announced on Tuesday that it will not be scheduling any construction or maintenance closures along state highways — including metro Phoenix freeways — from Friday morning to late Monday night.

(Arizona Department of Transportation Photo)

However, ADOT is urging Arizonans to drive with caution and focus on safety, as several restrictions and wildfires still remain throughout the state.

A stretch of northbound State Route 87 approaching the State Route 188 junction is narrowed down to one lane due to guardrail and fencing damage from the recent Bush Fire.

Heavy traffic and delays are expected during peak travel periods along Interstate 17 in addition to northbound SR 87 between Fountain Hills and Payson.

Due to the high wildfire conditions, ADOT says to avoid pulling over and stopping in areas with grass and brush along highway shoulders, as hot parts from a vehicle and just one spark from dragging trailer chains can ignite a flame.

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