ADOT reopens US 180 in eastern Arizona

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on June 22, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 22 at 11:47 AM

PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Transportation reopened Wednesday the final stretch of US 180 that was closed between Alpine and the New Mexico state line (mileposts 430-433) due to the Wallow Fire in eastern Arizona.

The highway was originally closed on June 2 between the State Route 260 junction near Springerville and the New Mexico state line (mileposts 403-433). The New Mexico Department of Transportation also removed closures on US 180 that extended 20 miles into New Mexico to the junction with New Mexico Route 12.

Since June 12, ADOT has completely reopened US 60, SR 260, SR 373 and US 180 to the public. SR 273 has also been partially reopened, allowing motorists into the popular Sunrise Ski area again.

Although the highway is now open, ADOT urges drivers to be cautious as efforts continue to bring the fire under control. ADOT is working with fire officials and state emergency managers to ensure the safety of drivers and is assisting with traffic control.

In all, nearly 140 miles of state highways are still closed due to several major wildfires burning across Arizona or due to the threat of wildfires. ADOT reminds motorists that the following closures on state highways remain in effect:

•    US 191 is closed over a 77-mile stretch between Alpine and north of Clifton (milepost 176-253).

•    SR 261 is closed between the SR 260 junction and SR 273 junction (mileposts 395-413).

•    SR 273 is closed south of the Sunrise Ski area to the SR 261 junction (mileposts 383-394).

•    In southern Arizona, SR 92 is closed between Ramsey Canyon Road and Coronado Memorial Road (mileposts 327-335) due to the Monument Fire south of Sierra Vista.

•    SR 366 is closed at milepost 118 leading up to Mount Graham (milepost 143) near Safford after the U.S. Forest Service determined the risk of wildfire is too extreme to allow access.

Additional information on the Wallow Fire and Monument Fire can be obtained through the Arizona Division of Emergency Management at http://www.azein.gov. To stay up-to-date on the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at www.az511.gov or call 5-1-1.

Information provided by The Arizona Department of Transportation

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