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Blowing dust closes Interstate 10 in Casa Grande

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PHOENIX – Interstate 10 is closed near Casa Grande due low visibility because of blowing dust, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Eastbound traffic is closed at milepost 186.5 near the SR 187 junction, and westbound traffic is closed at milepost 200, near Interstate 8.

ADOT, along with DPS and NWS, will continue to monitor conditions in the area. Drivers who encounter blowing dust are encouraged to “Pull Aside, Stay Alive.”

·         Avoid driving into or through a dust storm  

·         Do not wait until poor visibility makes it difficult to safely pull off the roadway —do it as soon as possible. Completely exit the highway if you can.

·         If you encounter a dust storm, check traffic immediately around your vehicle (front, back and to the side) and begin slowing down

·         Do not stop in a travel lane or in the emergency lane; look for a safe place to pull completely off the paved portion of the roadway

·         Stop the vehicle in a position ensuring it is a safe distance from the main roadway and away from where other vehicles may travel.

·         Turn off all vehicle lights, including your emergency flashers

·         Set your emergency brake and take your foot off the brake

·         Stay in the vehicle with your seatbelts buckled and wait for the storm to pass

·         Drivers of high-profile vehicles should be especially aware of changing weather conditions and travel at reduced speeds

·         A driver’s alertness and safe driving ability is still the number one factor to prevent crashes.

Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov, by calling 511 and through ADOT’s Twitter feed, @ArizonaDOT. When a freeway closure or other major traffic event occurs, our free app available at ADOTAlerts.com will send critical information directly to app users in affected areas – where possible, in advance of alternate routes.

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