Vote for your favorite at azdot.gov/signcontest
May 11, 2020
PHOENIX – Need a fun distraction for a few minutes? The Arizona Department of Transportation has you covered.
It’s time to vote for your favorite in ADOT’s fourth annual Safety Message Contest. From Monday, May 11, through Sunday, May 17, you can pick your favorite from among the 12 finalists and vote at azdot.gov/signcontest.
“In these unprecedented times, we can all use a distraction that makes us smile, even if it’s just for a moment, and taking a look at the best of the contest’s message entries can, hopefully, do that,” ADOT Director John Halikowski said.
Arizonans submitted more than 4,000 messages that covered a variety of traffic safety topics, including, texting and driving, impaired driving, blinker use, tailgating, seat belts, child safety seats and more. The two finalists that receive the most votes will be displayed on Dynamic Message Signs statewide.
ADOT began displaying unconventional safety messages on overhead signs in 2015 as part of an effort to encourage drivers to make better decisions behind the wheel. According to national traffic statistics, more than 90% of vehicle crashes are caused by driver decisions, including choosing to speed and to drive distracted, impaired or recklessly.
“For the past four years the safety message contest has generated tremendous engagement with the public, and it’s wonderful to see,” Halikowski added. “We want to see people thinking and talking about safe driving, and the contest helps further that effort.”
Webinars help officers continue promoting commerce during pandemic
April 27, 2020
PHOENIX – An Arizona Department of Transportation program that helps truck drivers in Mexico better understand and prepare for safety inspections at the border is using technology to provide virtual training during the current public health situation.
The goal of this training offered by ADOT’s Border Liaison Unit is reducing commercial vehicle wait times at the international border by cutting down on safety problems and other issues that truck drivers must address before leaving commercial ports of entry. That helps make Arizona’s ports more appealing places for trucks to enter the U.S.
Part of ADOT’s Enforcement and Compliance Division, which operates commercial ports of entry, the Border Liaison Unit offered its first training by webinar recently for 30 trucking companies from the Mexican states of Sonora and Baja California. More sessions are planned.
“The webinar was a huge success,” said Officer Frank Cordova of the Border Liaison Unit. “We’re looking to make webinar-based workshops a staple of the training we provide, as it allows us to reach even further into Mexico and the U.S. to continue educating the commercial industry.”
The Border Liaison Unit saw an increase in inquiries from Mexican truckers regarding current emergency restrictions and exemptions for commercial vehicles due to COVID-19. Future sessions will cover safety training previously conducted in person such as electronic log books and critical items officers look for in inspections.
That assistance complements International Border Inspection Qualification training that ADOT has offered in person since 2016. Drivers certified through that program are able to share questions and pictures of their vehicles via WhatsApp and communicate with ADOT officers about potential safety issues before driving to the border.
Meeting this demand with a webinar helps ADOT officers and commercial truck drivers observe social distancing. Longer-term, offering virtual instruction reduces travel expenses.
“I’m very proud of this unit for finding ways to continue to work with our local and international partners in the trucking industry,” Cordova said. “Even a pandemic won’t keep us from doing the job we’re passionate about.”
By Executive Order of Governor Doug Ducey the following extensions are in place:
Driver License renewal requirements are extended six months from the expiration date for all Arizona driver licenses and driving permits that expire between March 1, 2020 and September 1, 2020.
For example, if a driver license expires on March 20, 2020, the new expiration date will be September 20, 2020.
Requirements to submit a medical clearance card for a commercial driver license are extended until September 1, 2020.
These deferred dates will be reflected on motor vehicle records for impacted people.
Customers do not need to obtain a duplicate credential. Your current driver license or ID card will be accepted by law enforcement and other government agencies under this Executive Order. If desired, customers may obtain a duplicate driver license or ID on ServiceArizona.com that will show the new expiration date. Duplicate credentials may not be ordered in an MVD office; however Authorized Third Party services may be available.
The extensions are designed for customer convenience and to limit in-person visits to motor vehicle offices.
Comment period for 2021-2025 Tentative Program runs through June 2
April 14, 2020
As public safety and health continue to be the top priority in these unprecedented times, the Arizona Department of Transportation will hold a virtual public hearing and board meeting Friday, April 17, to continue collecting public comments for the 2021-2025 Tentative Five-Year Transportation Facilities Construction Program.
The public hearing and board meeting, beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, will be accessible via telephone and web conference. The agenda and directions for participating are available now on the State Transportation Board website at aztransportationboard.gov(link is external).
Anyone who wishes to make a comment before the board must fill out and submit a comment request form before 8 a.m. Friday, April 17. That form is also available on the board’s website. There will not be an opportunity for members of the public to attend or comment in person.
The 2021-2025 Tentative Five-Year Transportation Facilities Construction Program is the proposed annual update to ADOT’s lineup of all statewide projects. The program allocates funding for preservation, modernization and expansion projects.
The public comment period for the 2021-2025 Tentative Five-Year Program began on March 20 and ends at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 2. The State Transportation Board will make its final decision in June about what will be in the updated Five-Year Program.
The complete Tentative Program document is available at azdot.gov/tentative5year for review and comment. ADOT welcomes feedback via an online form at azdot.gov/tentative5year(link sends e-mail), by email at fiveyearconstructionprogram@
The 2021-2025 Tentative Five-Year Program proposes an average of approximately $310 million per year for preservation of bridges and roadways throughout the state highway system. This moves ADOT even closer to its goal of allocating $320 million per year for system preservation. Preservation projects include repaving highways, filling potholes, extending the life cycle of existing pavement and repairing or reconstructing bridges. Approximately 67 percent of all funding allocated to Greater Arizona will be directed to preservation projects from fiscal 2021 to fiscal 2025.
Drivers rely on Arizona’s highway system for their daily commutes, for weekend travel and for the delivery of goods and services to their communities. Keeping that system in good repair and functioning well is all part of ADOT’s focus during the next five years.
Officers using mobile ports to check semis driving through reservation
PHOENIX – To enhance safety on state highways, the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Enforcement and Compliance Division partnered with the Hopi Tribe to set up a mobile commercial vehicle inspection site on the reservation.
Concerned that overweight semi trailers and those in violation of safety regulations may be using state roads that pass through the Hopi reservation to evade commercial ports of entry, the tribal government reached out to ADOT for assistance. ADOT sent officers to set up a mobile inspection site along State Route 264 near the junction with State Route 87, while officers patrolled other parts of SR 264, SR 87 and Indian Route 2 to ensure that commercial vehicles weren’t evading the mobile inspection site. Continue reading»