A 62-mile stretch of Interstate 10 between US 191 in southeastern Arizona and Lordsburg, N.M., will close starting at 4:30 p.m. due to blowing dust, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Eastbound traffic will be routed to US 191 north to US 70 east in Safford. Drivers may continue on US 70 into New Mexico and re-enter I-10 at Lordsburg.
Westbound I-10 will be closed from Lordsburg to US 191 in Arizona. Westbound drivers may take US 70 in New Mexico to Safford to US 191 south to return to I-10.
The detour route is approximately 110 miles.
Westbound I-10 is currently closed between mileposts 378 and 367 near San Simon because of a crash involving at least two semitrailers. The site is about 15 miles from the New Mexico line.
With strong winds occurring today, motorists should keep in mind that blowing dust is possible even when there isn’t a major storm. Avoid driving into blowing dust, but if you are caught:
- 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, 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 dust to subside.
For the most current information about highway closures and restrictions statewide, visit ADOT’s Travel Information Site at www.az511.gov or call 511.