Arizona DOT’s safety message contest returns; deadline Feb. 26

Are you punny? A connoisseur of dad jokes? Is snark a second language? Maybe you’re simply serious about traffic safety? If so, you can put your skills to good use and encourage safe driving by entering the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Safety Message Contest. Back for the second year in a row, safety messages can […]

Eastbound Loop 202 (Santan Freeway) work zone restrictions in Mesa start this weekend

Eastbound Loop 202 (Santan Freeway) will be narrowed to one lane late Friday night, Feb. 23, between Higley and Power roads in Mesa. Arizona Department of Transportation crews will be installing a temporary work zone safety barrier in advance of guardrail replacement work. The restrictions are scheduled as follows: Eastbound Loop 202 will be narrowed to one lane between Higley and Power roads […]

MVD: Before purchasing, check a vehicle’s history to avoid potential fraud

The Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division is cautioning consumers to protect themselves from potential fraud when buying a car. ADOT recommends consumers research the vehicle — including its title and history — before buying it, Ralene Whitmer, MVD title and registration specialist, said in a press release. “Reputable dealers will always be willing […]

Presidents Day bus and light-rail schedule set for Valley Metro

On Monday, Feb. 19, Valley Metro bus and rail will operate on a Sunday schedule in observance of Presidents Day. RAPID and Express buses will not be in operation. Customer Service will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and can be reached at 602–251-2039. Riders can check schedules and plan trips with Valley Metro’s online tools. Stay up to […]

Restrictions Feb. 19-22 on Loop 101, State Route 51

Drivers who use Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) and State Route 51 (Piestewa Freeway) should plan for some lane and ramp restrictions as crews collect soil and rock samples in preparation for the widening of Loop 101 from Interstate 17 to Pima Road. The following lane restrictions are scheduled during the week of Feb. 19: The […]

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey orders flags at half-staff following Parkland, Florida, shooting

In coordination with a presidential proclamation, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Feb. 15 ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff immediately until sunset, Monday, Feb. 19, in honor of the victims of the Parkland, Florida, shooting. “Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and everyone impacted by this […]

Valentine’s Day forecast: Widespread rain showers in the afternoon

  Plan on a quiet and cloudy start to the day before increasing rain chances into the afternoon, according to the Flood Control District of Maricopa County’s forecast. See the previous 24 hour’s rain totals at http://alert.fcd.maricopa.gov/alert/Rain/htmlprec.txt. “Looking ahead, our next active period will arrive (Feb. 14) late afternoon lasting into Thursday morning as the bulk […]

Northbound Loop 202 Santan Freeway restricted north of Elliot Road late Feb. 13

The northbound lanes of Loop 202 (Santan Freeway) will be restricted Tuesday night, Feb. 13, north of Elliot Road in Mesa. Arizona Department of Transportation crews will be removing a temporary work zone safety barrier. The restrictions are scheduled as follows: Northbound Loop 202 will be narrowed to one lane from Elliot Road to the US 60 (Superstition Freeway) from 10 […]

Feb. 13 forecast: Lingering shower activity in morning

  Daytime highs will warm a few degrees into the 68˚F-70˚F range around the Valley, according to the Flood Control District of Maricopa County’s forecast. See the previous 24 hour’s rain totals at http://alert.fcd.maricopa.gov/alert/Rain/htmlprec.txt. “For (Feb. 13) plan on lingering shower activity through the morning hours before drier conditions into the afternoon/evening. Daytime highs will warm […]

Feb. 12 forecast: Light showers late in the day

  Afternoon temperatures will remain limited to the 66˚F-68˚F range around the Valley with low to mid 60s across the higher terrain locales, according to the Flood Control District of Maricopa County’s forecast. See the previous 24 hour’s rain totals at http://alert.fcd.maricopa.gov/alert/Rain/htmlprec.txt. “For today plan on cloudier conditions throughout the day. Afternoon temperatures will remain limited […]