ADOT testing colors, patterns for bridges and walls in west Phoenix

PHOENIX – Looking a bit like a colorful Stonehenge or large-scale modern art, a series of concrete columns and walls at a west Phoenix intersection may be a little puzzling to passers-by. They’re actually mock-ups the Arizona Department of Transportation is using to test aesthetics, including paint colors, for the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway.

Set along the southwest corner of 59th Avenue and Washington Street, just south of where the South Mountain Freeway will connect with Interstate 10, these sample bridge piers and sound walls provide a full-scale view of the layers, depths, shapes and paint colors planned for the 22-mile-long freeway corridor.

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Spring runoff predicted to be higher than normal

PHOENIX - The Arizona Basin Outlook Report released this week by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) shows the state snowpack to be well above average levels. The federal agency monitors snow conditions in Arizona’s mountain watersheds each winter to estimate the amount of surface water that will be available for spring and summer uses.

“The storms that moved through the state during the last week of January produced abundant snow and rain throughout the mountains of the state,” said Dino DeSimone, State water supply specialist with the NRCS in Phoenix, Arizona. “In fact, many of our snow measurement sites reported more than double the normal amount of precipitation for the month.”

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Call ADOT’s Enforcement and Compliance Division if you observe suspicious behavior

PHOENIX – Trucking companies should be on alert for an individual impersonating an Arizona Department of Transportation Enforcement and Compliance Division officer.

Earlier this month, a man identifying himself as an officer with ADOT’s Enforcement and Compliance Division contacted a Mesa-based trucking company saying one of its trucks was damaged in a crash and that the company needed to send payment for a mechanic called out to make repairs.

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PHOENIX - Forest Supervisor Neil Bosworth has approved both an environmental assessment and a plan of operations allowing Resolution Copper Mining, LLC, to gather necessary data to help evaluate possible construction of a large tailings storage facility on National Forest Lands.

Bosworth approved the environmental assessment Aug. 22, 2016, and the plan of operations Aug. 24, 2016. The approvals do not authorize the construction of the tailings storage facility itself but rather only allow for the acquisition of data related to groundwater and soils via construction of wells, test pits, forest road improvements and laydown yards. The proposed tailings facility would encompass an area approximately 6,400 acres in size.

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The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is issuing an ozone High Pollution Advisory (HPA) for Maricopa County on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. This HPA is due to levels expected to accumulate enough to exceed the federal health standard.

Employers and Travel Reduction Program Transportation Coordinators are advised to activate their HPA Plans immediately. ADEQ further recommends that the general public limit outdoor activity while the HPA is in effect, especially children and adults with respiratory problems.

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(Phoenix) At its June Open Meeting, the Arizona Corporation Commission approved safety upgrades for three Union Pacific Railroad crossings. Two of the crossings are in Mesa, Arizona and one is in Nogales, Arizona. The Commission approved an upgrade at a four quadrant gate system at Dobson Road where it intersects with Main and with Broadway. New automatic gates with LED flashing lights and bells will be added on the departure side of each crossing. That will deter vehicles from driving the opposite direction and going around the gates when they are down. The City of Mesa will pay $561,000 for the improvements and the upgrades will be completed within the next 15 months.

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