Heavy rain and flooding have closed portions of Loop 303 and State Route 74 in north Phoenix, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Loop 303 is closed from Lake Pleasant Road to Interstate 17. State Route 74 is closed in both directions from Lake Pleasant Road to Archery Drive, about three miles west of I-17.
Interstate 17 has reopened after a closure earlier this morning.
ADOT is urging drivers to delay travels in that area, due to the flooding and mudslides.
It is unknown when these roads will reopen.
The following are driving tips when encountering possible floods:
- First and foremost SLOW DOWN. The posted speed limit may not be a safe speed to travel in bad weather. On wet roads your vehicle will have less traction than on a dry road. Slower travel speeds allow for safer braking and stopping distances.
- Don’t risk crossing a flooded wash, even if it doesn’t look deep. Water is a powerful force that should not be underestimated.
- Do not drive around “road closed” signs. You risk your life and face being cited under the state’s “stupid motorist” law.
- Expect the unexpected. Have extra supplies, including an emergency kit and drinking water, in case you experience an extended highway closure.
- Storm runoff can loosen boulders and rocks on slopes above highways. Stay alert in rockfall-prone areas.
- Leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle ahead of you and be aware of the vehicles around you in other travel lanes. Braking and shorter stopping distances will be affected by wet roads and slippery roadway surfaces.
For the most current information about highway closures and restrictions statewide, visit ADOT’s Travel Information Site at www.az511.gov, follow us on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 5-1-1.