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ADOT asks for haikus to promote dust storm safety

Arizona transportation officials are getting the message out about dust storm safety a�� in precisely 17 syllables. The Arizona Department of Transportation is encouraging Twitter users to tweet haikus around the theme safe driving in haboobs a�� severe dust storms that hit Phoenix in the summer.

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Taking the funds out of HURF (access required)

County officials tie highway projects to economic development prospects

A trifecta of ill-timed displays of Mother Nature’s fury during the first seven months of 2010 battered Coconino County, leaving one Flagstaff neighborhood designated a disaster area by the state and federal government.

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Free state transportation planners from federal handcuffs

Despite transportation funds coming from taxes paid by Arizona drivers, the federal government puts conditions and mandates on the use of these funds before states can be reimbursed for expenditures. Gov. Jan Brewer and the Arizona Department of Transportation have been fighting for more local control of transportation funds to better meet the state’s short- and long-range needs.

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