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How the Arizona Department of Transportation keeps the roads safe during storms

Posted at 8:45 AM, Apr 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-13 12:42:06-04

The Arizona Department of Transportation was kept busy on Thursday during a dust storm that affected parts of the Valley. 

Our ABC15 crews counted at least two crashes, including I-10 in Casa Grande and SR 347. High winds are expected to continue on Friday, but not be as significant.

But, ADOT said they are monitoring their  250 cameras to make sure they alert drivers anytime dangerous conditions strike on the roadways.

"We're watching those monitors, we're activating those overhead message boards to let drivers know what conditions are ahead; whether there are any closures or any other tips that they should follow," explained ADOT spokesperson Garin Groff. 

Groff also said ADOT is working to install dust detection systems along I-10, just south of Casa Grande.

"We'll also be installing some new overhead message boards to let drivers know about conditions and we'll have variable... speed limit signs so we can drop that speed limit down as conditions warrant," Groff said.

That project is expected to be completed next year.