JACOB'S LAKE, Ariz. - It's an annual sign that winter has arrived in northern Arizona. The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) will close State Route 67 between Jacob Lake (US 89A) and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon for the winter season on Nov. 28. The road could be closed earlier if heavy snowfall occurs in the area prior to the closure date.
ADOT does not clear snow from SR 67 during the winter since the visitor accommodations at the North Rim are closed. The highway reopens each spring, usually around mid-May. US 89A will remain open at the junction with SR 67.
ADOT reminds motorists to drive with caution this winter and offers these tips:
Slow Down. Drive defensively. Be patient and allow additional time for your trip.
Carry snow chains/cables in case highways are snow-packed and icy. Also be sure to pack a car safety kit that includes a cell phone.
Leave sufficient space between your vehicle and others. Give yourself plenty of room and time to stop or avoid upcoming hazards.
If stopped on the roadway, leave room for emergency vehicles to get around you.
Make sure your vehicle has plenty of fuel and pack extra clothing, water, and snacks. If you slide off the roadway, stay with your vehicle. The Department of Public Safety or ADOT will respond.
Check weather and road conditions before you leave. Let someone know your route.
For more information about this closure, please contact Senior Community Relations Officer Mackenzie Kirby at (928) 779-7554 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.facebook.com/azdot or www.azdot.gov for more information about ADOT. For more information about ADOT projects and programs across Arizona see the agency's latest blog posts at http://adotblog.blogspot.com.