Leave prepared, note restrictions if heading to the high country

Photo Courtesy Town of Payson Fire Department: A car rear-ended a tanker carrying gasoline causing an explosion, a six-hour delay, and damage to the highway about 10 miles south of Payson.

Delays possible on SR 87 and US 60 due to tanker fire damage, Flying V Fire

Contributed Article/Courtesy ADOT

PHOENIX – Travelers heading to the Mogollon Rim or White Mountains to seek relief from this week’s extreme heat should pack patience in addition to necessities for driving in hot weather. Both State Route 87 and US 60 have restrictions that could slow your trip north. 

One northbound lane of SR 87 is closed and the speed limit is reduced between mileposts 244 and 245 due to extensive pavement damage from a tanker fire on Friday. The Arizona Department of Transportation is developing plans to repair the northbound roadway through this area about 10 miles south of Payson. 

US 60 has reopened after a days-long closure due to the Flying V Fire, but drivers should plan for delays as fire crews monitor conditions. Between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., there is a single-lane closure in both directions between mileposts 300 and 303, with a pilot car guiding traffic through this area about 35 miles south of Show Low. There are no restrictions between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Wherever you may be going in this week’s extreme heat, following these tips can help keep you, your passengers, and your pets safe:

  • Make sure your fuel tank is at least three-quarters full to avoid running out of gas.
  • Make sure your vehicle’s air conditioning is functioning properly.
  • Pack a cooler with cold drinking water and healthy snacks.
  • Have an umbrella, sunscreen, sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and loose-fitting, light-colored cotton clothing for sun protection.
  • Review other ADOT tips for extreme weather at azdot.gov/severe-weather.

Highway conditions and restrictions can and do change rapidly. Before your trip, please get the latest information by visiting ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information website at az511.gov, using the AZ511 app, calling 511, or checking ADOT’s Twitter feed, @ArizonaDOT.