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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.

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


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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.

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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.


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The Arizona Department of Transportation has asked the federal government for an extension to develop a REAL ID compliant license before a January 1 deadline.

Arizona passed a law in April allowing the state to provide optional REAL-ID licenses to help residents meet new federal identification standards in airports and federal buildings.

Arizona's law also forced the state to ask for a waiver from participating in the REAL ID act. Last week the Department of Homeland Security denied that waiver and the state has since begun developing the new license.

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Construction is set to begin on a section of U.S. 89A south of Page that collapsed last year during a landslide. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, officials say the roadway will reopen by next year’s summer travel season.

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The Oak Creek Canyon switchbacks between Flagstaff and Sedona are now completely open. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, this comes on the heels of closures that resulted from wildfire and a major construction project.