Swift Trail seasonal closure to start Monday, November 16

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: While the upper portion of Swift Trail will be closed to vehicular traffic, lower areas including the Twilight area shown here normally remain open.

Staff Reports

MOUNT GRAHAM – Today is the last day for motorists to drive past where the pavement ends off State Route 366 for the next few months as the seasonal gate closure of Swift Trail will occur the morning of Monday, Nov. 16.

The upper portion of Swift Trail at milepost 136 approximately one-half mile beyond Shannon Campground will be closed to vehicular traffic for the winter until April 15.

The Arizona Department of Transportation advises that it closes this and other highways annually as part of the agencies winter shutdown schedule due to significant amounts of snowfall the regions typically receive.

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald

ADOT reminds motorists heading into snow country to drive with caution and follow this advice:

  • Don’t let GPS and navigation apps replace common sense. When a highway is closed, a suggested alternate route involving an unpaved, unplowed road can lead you into danger.
  • Pack an emergency kit, a fully charged mobile device, extra clothing, blankets, water and snacks.
  • Slow down. Drive defensively. Be patient and allow additional time for your trip. Never pass a snowplow.
  • Leave sufficient space between your vehicle and those ahead of you. Give yourself plenty of room and time to stop or to avoid hazards.
  • Make sure your vehicle has plenty of fuel.
  • Check weather and road conditions before you travel. Let someone know your route.
  • Bring a small bag of sand (or cat litter) for wheel traction.

Additional information on winter driving is available at azdot.gov/KnowSnow.

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