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ADOT reopens White Mountains highways after annual winter closures

Apr 14, 2022, 8:00 PM

(ADOT Photo)...

(ADOT Photo)

(ADOT Photo)

PHOENIX — The weather is warming up and that means people can once again drive on White Mountains-area state highways.

The Arizona Department of Transportation announced on Thursday that State Routes 261, 273 and 473 are available following the annual closures for winter.

The highways branch off from State Route 260 and lead to popular attractions in the area including Big Lake and Hawley Lake, ADOT said in a press release.

One additional highway will open Friday with State Route 366, which leads up to Mount Graham near Safford.

ADOT said State Route 67, the highway that takes drivers to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, is scheduled to reopen along with park facilities next month.

The state routes close every winter due to the significant snowfall these areas typically receive, with the closures for the recently passed winter season starting in mid-November.

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ADOT reopens White Mountains highways after annual winter closures