Thank you KOLD-TV, Tucson News Now for covering the story of the Arizona Department of Transportation installing “no median barriers” signs on I-10.
It’s a fact that stretches of I-10 between Tucson and Phoenix are hazardous. This stretch of highway, according to Popular Mechanics, is one of the most dangerous roads in the country.
In response to the $47 million jury verdict against them, ADOT has installed signs across the state, presumably to inform the public. These “warning” signs advise drivers of the lack of median barriers in particular areas of I-10. The new median barrier signs appear in different stretches of interstate, all over Arizona.
These signs don’t describe the dangers of driving on a highway without median barriers; they are merely signs to tell the public about the lack of median barriers. The first signs appear immediately after crossing from California into Arizona on I-10. The signs are posted in several areas along I-10, between Tucson and Phoenix. There is another set of signs on I-40 in northern Arizona, up near Kingman.
Each set of signs designates a specific range of miles that have no median barriers, sometimes as much as 120 miles.
Consider yourself warned, Arizona drivers.
As of this writing, ADOT has not taken any steps to install median barriers on I-10 to protect Arizona drivers. The stretch of I-10 between Tucson and Phoenix was completed in 1967 and was designed for 3,000-5,000 cars per day. Average daily traffic on the same stretch averages between 50,000-60,000 vehicles per day. It’s the same road with a massive increase in traffic as well as a significant increase in the speed limit. The max speed limit has gone from 55 MPH to 75 MPH, with many drivers exceeding 75 MPH.
Drivers on I-10 between Tucson and Phoenix; use caution while driving and keep an eye out for the “No Median Barrier” warning signs.