ADOT reopens I-10 to/from New Mexico

Posted at 3:44 PM, Apr 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-25 22:23:31-04

The Arizona Department of Transportation has reopened a portion of Interstate 10 that was previously closed due to reduced visibility caused by blowing dust.

Both east and westbound lanes of I-10 reopened to traffic just after 7 p.m. Monday. Officials had closed a 62-mile stretch of the highway from US 191 to Lordsburg, New Mexico starting at 4:30 p.m.

During the closure, eastbound traffic was routed north along US 191 to US 70 east in Safford. Westbound traffic was diverted along the same route, only in the opposite direction.

The detour route was approximately 110 miles, officials said in a news release.

Westbound I-10 was closed earlier in the day between mileposts 378 and 367 near the San Simon area because of a crash involving at least two semi trailers. That closure was included in the larger closure coming later Monday afternoon.

Officials remind drivers to not wait for poor visibility to pull off the roadway and to do so in an area completely off of the paved section of road, not in a travel or emergency lane.