Sedona AZ (January 15, 2016) – Recent snowstorms combined with the long holiday weekend means winter recreation areas along US 180 near Flagstaff are expected to see heavy traffic, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Motorists using US 180 during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend should expect a long queue into Flagstaff after popular snow-play areas close between 4:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Planning an earlier start back home may help motorists avoid the heaviest traffic.
To avoid congestion through Flagstaff, consider taking an alternate snow-play route through the city via the Butler Avenue Arizona I-40 exit. Signs will direct travelers to and from US 180.
In addition to allowing for extra travel time, visitors should prepare as they would for any extended period in a snowy, icy or cold area starting with a fully charged cell phone, cell phone car charger, plenty of gas, bottled water, flashlight, winter coats and hats, gloves and boots, warm blankets or sleeping bags, and nonperishable food items. If traveling with young children, crayons and coloring books, extra diapers and disposable wipes, formula and baby food, books and writing paper, homework assignments, deck of cards, magnetic board games, and extra batteries for handheld games are all helpful.
Don’t forget medications. Take along a trash bag to dispose of all garbage.
If traveling with pets, keep your animal harnessed and leashed and carry extra pet food and water. Take along trash bags to scoop poop!
Don’t pull over on highways or interstates to play in the snow. It’s dangerous for you, other drivers, and first responders.
Give snowplows plenty of room, starting with maintaining FOUR CAR LENGTHS behind a plow. NEVER pass a snowplow that’s clearing a road.
For more information on preparing for travel in snow country, please visit azdot.gov/knowsnow.
ADOT Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) account is an excellent sources of information on traffic conditions, as is the ADOT Traveler Information Center available at az511.gov or by calling 511. Follow the SedonaEye.com for updates.