State Route 347 is now open in both directions north of Maricopa, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Blowing dust and subsequent collisions had the road closed and traffic diverted to Interstate 10 for much of the afternoon.

Motorists should continue to be vigilant for blowing dust and high winds while traveling on SR 347 and Interstate 10. When encountering a dust storm, drivers should slow down after checking traffic around their vehicle and completely exit the highway if possible.

Here are some additional safety tips from

  • Turn off all vehicle lights, set the parking brake and take your foot off the brake to reduce the likelihood of being hit by following drivers.
  • Remain in your vehicle with your seatbelts buckled.
  • Wait for the storm to pass.

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