10/14/16 - The I-10 is deadly. We all know it. Here's even more proof why it really is. CBS 5 in Phoenix, Arizona featured a story explaining just how dangerous the freeway really is. Arizona has the 4th deadliest freeway in the nation. That's an alarming statistic considering how many total freeways are in America.
DETOUR: Please allow extra travel time and consider alternate routes, including westbound McDowell Road or Van Buren Street to travel beyond the work zone and access I-10 via Citrus or Perryville roads.
Interstate 10 at University Drive and 32nd Street CLOSURE:Interstate 10 on- and off-ramps at University Drive/32nd Street near Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport closed from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday (Aug. 15) for bridge work and paving. University Drive/32nd Street also closed in the area between Wood and Elwood streets.
DETOUR: Please consider alternate routes, which include using the I-10 on- or off-ramps at 40th Street, to access local businesses.
08/01/16 - A deadly crash on I-10 at Hassayampa in the far West Valley has shut down eastbound traffic.
According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, a tractor-trailer was involved in a crash with a pedestrian near milepost 105, which is 20 miles west of the Loop 303.
The pedestrian was reportedly involved in a single-vehicle crash before being struck by the tractor-trailer. DPS has confirmed the crash was deadly. Eastbound traffic is shut down with no estimate of reopening. Liability?
There is still too much that we do not know. Cars break down on the highway all the time. Driving to Phoenix from California yesterday, we say many people pulled over for flat tires, engine trouble, etc..
Arizona now has a “Move Over Law” (§28-775E).
It says: 1. If on a highway having at least 2 lanes proceeding in the same direction as the approaching vehicle, proceed with due caution and if possible, with due regard to safety and traffic conditions, yield the right of way by making a lane change into a lane not adjacent to that of the emergency vehicle 2.
If changing lanes would be impossible or unsafe proceed with due caution and reduce speed, maintaining a safe speed for road conditions.
What happened here? We will need more information. Regardless, our thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by the tragedy.
07/11/16 - A fatal car wreck forced authorities to close Interstate 10 in the West Valley late Monday morning.
The wreck ---which NEVER should have happened--was reported near Watson Road, west of Goodyear at about 11:15 a.m. Monday.
The collision and emergency response forced authorities to close the westbound lanes of I-10 at about 11:25 a.m. Monday.
The Arizona Department of Transportation later reported that the highway was closed in both directions. A large SUV traveling on I-10 around 11 a.m. lost control and crossed into the median, causing the vehicle to roll over. Two people died as a result of the crash, according to the Department of Public Safety spokesman Quentin Mehr.
Sad. Stupid. Absurd. Ridiculous. Unnecessary. Shameful.
Choose your descriptor.
Why the State of Arizona Highway department (ADOT) still refuses to put median barriers in place is anyone’s guess.
Hundreds have died from crossover collisions, despite the State’s own experts admitting there is an easy and almost foolproof (95%+) fix: Cable Median Barriers.
In 2012, a Maricopa County jury found the State liable for failing to have barriers in place, and awarded a family that lost two family members $7.8 million.
In 2015, a Maricopa County jury again found the State liable for failing to have barriers in place, and awarded two families that each lost a family member $47 million.
Why does ADOT refuse to install barriers? They know they work (installed throughout all metropolitan areas of Phoenix and Tucson).
People keep dying on our state highways.
There is only one way to wake up the State of Arizona: Keep the lawsuits coming. Eventually as the judgments get bigger, the taxpayers will demand something be done.