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I-10 reopens after being closed again for blowing dust

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Huge amounts of blowing dust caused traffic problems in southeastern Arizona once again on Monday.

For the second day in a row, dust blowing off a farm field near San Simon closed Interstate 10 in southeastern Arizona for several hours.

That stretch of interstate reopened at approximately 6 p.m. on Monday.

[READ MORE: I-10 in southeastern Arizona reopened after dust cloud produced by high winds]

Until the wind settles down, which may not happen until this evening, eastbound traffic will detour on U.S. 191 to Safford and then take U.S. 70 back to I-10 at Lordsburg, New Mexico. Once the closure is in place in New Mexico, westbound traffic will follow that route in the opposite direction.

Arizona Department of Transportation employees and Arizona state troopers are stationed near the field at milepost 376 and have closed the interstate several times in recent weeks when conditions have warranted.

ADOT and other state agencies have worked with the landowner to address the threat of blowing dust. ADOT arranged for tanker trucks to give an initial watering last week to more than 320 acres just south of the interstate, and the Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Agriculture have advised on best practices for reducing dust.

[READ MORE: State agencies work to reduce risk of blowing dust on I-10]

The agencies are keeping track of their use of state resources to reduce dust, improve highway safety and limit disruption of the I-10 corridor and will work with the landowner to arrange reimbursement. The owner has cooperated with these efforts, but the Department of Environmental Quality can require action should that change.

[READ MORE: Property to be watered to cut down on I-10 dust closures]

Blowing dust is possible anywhere strong wind is blowing. Motorists should avoid driving into dust. If caught in a dust storm, follow these safety tips from PullAsideStayAlive.org:

  • Immediately check traffic around your vehicle (front, back and to the side) and begin slowing down.
  • Completely exit the highway if you can.
  • Don’t wait until poor visibility makes it difficult to safely pull off the roadway.
  • Don’t stop in a travel lane or in the emergency lane.
  • Turn off all vehicle lights, including your emergency flashers.
  • Set your emergency brake and take your foot off the brake.
  • Stay in the vehicle with your seatbelts buckled and wait for the storm to pass.

To stay up to date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at az511.gov, call 511 or follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT).

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