State transportation crews will be removing trees along a highway north of Payson to make it easier for motorists to see the roadway.

The work along 29 miles of State Route 87 begins Monday. It's expected to be complete this fall.

The highway will be reduced to one lane Monday through Thursday during the daytime.

The state Department of Transportation says motorists should expect delays and plan extra time for travel.

Arizona Dept. of Transporation

The number of people killed in vehicle-related crashes on Arizona roads has risen significantly in the last year.

The Arizona Department of Public Transportation reported Friday that preliminary information indicates that roughly 890 died in car crashes in 2015.

ADOT officials say the figure far surpasses the 773 deaths recorded in 2014.

The agency says factors that contributed to the road-related deaths include speeding, impaired driving and a failure to wear a seat belt.

State agencies are urging motorists to consider how they behave when behind the wheel.


Yesterday’s winter storm was Arizona’s first test of a new kind of snowplow that can clear two lanes at once.

Arizona Department of Transportation

The state is asking the federal government for $2 million to cover costs of repairs stemming from August flood damage to a northern Arizona highway.

The Department of Transportation says the request is for initial costs of reopening US 89A west of Marble Canyon and for long-term repairs to restore the highway to its original condition.

The department says heavy rain resulted in severe flooding at several locations along the highway.


The Arizona Department of Transportation says the federal Real ID will be available to residents of the state by next April. Eventually, all Americans will need federally compliant identification to enter airports and federal buildings. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.