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10

Jun

Drivers: Do you know what to do when confronted with a dust storm?

Best advice: Don’t drive into a dust storm
PHOENIX – Are you ready, Arizona? Monsoon season is back.

While the exact moment of when the first massive wall of dust will rise up from the desert floor isn’t known, we do know this: It’s coming.

With June 9-14 officially proclaimed Monsoon Awareness Week by Governor Doug Ducey, now is the perfect time to brush up on the actions drivers can take to stay safest when confronted with blowing dust.

The No. 1 thing motorists can do to stay out of harm’s way? Do. Not. Drive. Into. A. Dust. Storm.

That’s a really bad idea. Visibility can drop to zero and turn pitch black, meaning you’re driving blind and so is anyone else on the road with you. But maybe you’re curious and wonder, “Just how dark and dangerous could it be?” Well, we’ve got the answers. This video shows how quickly visibility is reduced to nearly nothing after driving into a dust storm.  And this video shows the aftermath of a 19-vehicle collision that occurred in 2013 in dust storm on Interstate 10 near Picacho Peak that resulted in three fatalities and a dozen injured people.

OK, so now you’re convinced to not make the decision to drive into the towering wall of dust. But what if a dust channel whips across the highway in front of you, engulfing your vehicle in a swirling sandstorm? Remember these words: Pull Aside, Stay Alive.

ADOT has developed the following “Pull Aside, Stay Alive” dust storm safety driving tips, which can help motorists survive a blowing dust event.

  • If you encounter a dust storm, immediately check traffic around your vehicle (front, back and to the side) and begin slowing down.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Turn off all vehicle lights. You do not want other vehicles, approaching from behind, to use your lights as a guide and possibly crash into your parked vehicle.
  • Set your emergency brake and take your foot off the brake.
  • Stay in the vehicle with your seat belt 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.

More information on dust storm safety can be found at PullAsideStayAlive.org and safety tips for driving in rainstorms can be found at azdot.gov/monsoon.

 

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2

Apr

Yuma intersection improvements begin April 1

US 95, Avenue 8E intersection to get signal, pedestrian ramps
March 29, 2019

PHOENIX ‒ Yuma-area drivers should expect delays for the next seven months as Arizona Department of Transportation crews make improvements to the intersection of Avenue 8E and US 95.

Work will begin Monday, April 1, to install a new traffic signal, build concrete pedestrian ramps and repave the intersection. The project is expected to be complete in late October.

Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. US 95 will be restricted to one lane between Avenue 7E and Avenue 8E. Avenue 8E will remain open for much of the work, with intermittent closures during installation of the traffic signal and paving.

Speed limits will be reduced on both streets during the work. The maximum vehicle width during construction is 11 feet.

Drivers can avoid the work zone by using 24th Street between Araby Road and Avenue 9E. Drivers traveling north on US 95 to the Yuma Proving Grounds and Quartzsite can take Interstate 8, exit at Fortuna Road and drive north to US 95.

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11

Dec

Sample

EB Agenda and Info Summaries Combined

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10

Dec

Executive Board Agenda Packet for Thursday, December 13, 2018

All:

Attached is the agenda packet for the YMPO Executive Board meeting scheduled for Thursday, December 13, 2018, starting at 1:30 p.m. at the City of San Luis City Hall. As usual, to prevent problems with the Arizona Open Meeting law, it is being emailed out using blind copy addresses.

The proposed address by Mayor Yescas, from the City of San Luis, Rio Colorado, has not yet been fully confirmed at this stage.

Members are advised that there will be a pre-holiday luncheon, starting shortly after noon, in one of the conference rooms at the San Luis City Hall and the YMPO meeting will be held in the Council Chambers.

The minutes from the previous meeting, on November 1, 2018, will be distributed to members very early next week. A fully-linked electronic copy of the agenda packet, minutes and summaries will be published on the YMPO website, also very early next week.

If there are any questions with regard to the meeting or any of the attachments, please contact me as shown below. If you get my voicemail, please leave me a message and I will return it as soon as possible.

EB Complete Agenda Combined

Paul D. Ward, P.E., Executive Director

Yuma Metropolitan Planning Organization

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28

Nov

Drivers should prepare for hazardous conditions!!!

As part of the Yuma Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (YMPO) Public Participation and Notification, it is prudent with the advent of the colder Winter weather that is upon all of the Contiguous Continental United States the message of Winter Weather is Think Safe, Be Safe, and Drive Safe in the Winter Weather.  Here are our links to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and California Department of Transportation (CALTANS).

Things to Keep in Mind while Traveling this Winter

 

Links

ADOT

Winter Conditions

AZ511.gov

ADOTAlerts.com

Arizona Know Snow

How to prepare for Snow Driving

Caltrans

Winter Driving Tips Snow and Ice Control

Winter Driving Tips

Chain Controls

Mountain Pass Closures

 

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15

Nov

Retirement of a long standing TAC member Roger Patterson, Yuma County.

Roger Patterson

Yuma County Engineer

For being an Outstanding Engineer

to the YMPO Region and serving on the TAC for over 24 years

Awarded this 8th day of November, 2018

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8

Aug

In Yuma, eastbound I-8 ramps at Araby Road closing until September

New interchange to be completed by November

PHOENIX – Eastbound Interstate 8 entry and exit ramps at Araby Road (State Route 195) in Yuma will be closed for a month beginning next week as crews construct a new retaining wall as part of an Arizona Department of Transportation project upgrading the interchange.

I-8 drivers can use exits at Avenue 3E, Avenue 8½ E and 32nd Street during the closure scheduled to begin Monday, Aug. 13.

Araby Road remains limited to one lane in each direction between 26th and 30th streets near I-8, with no left turn from northbound Araby to Gila Ridge Road. The maximum vehicle width on Araby Road is 12 feet.

Also on Monday, Aug. 13, the westbound lane of Gila Ridge Road, closed since May, will reopen between Araby and the Tanimura and Antle Produce building at 6435 Gila Ridge Road.

ADOT is completing the second half of a project to replace traditional traffic signals with modern roundabouts at the Araby Road interchange. The roundabouts, which are safer and move traffic more efficiently than traffic signals, will be large enough to accommodate large trucks, recreational vehicles and agricultural equipment.

A roundabout on the north side of I-8 was completed in 2017. The current work south of I-8 is scheduled to be complete this fall.

For more information on the Araby Road interchange project, visit azdot.gov/ArabyRoadTI.

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