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Holiday travel struggles: Valley traffic delays expected over next couple of days

Check back with 12 News for updates on traffic delays and closures during the Thanksgiving holiday.

ARIZONA, USA — As families across the state travel to be with loved ones during Thanksgiving, traffic delays are inevitable. 

No matter how you're traveling, the day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel day of the year. 

Massive traffic delays were seen at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Tuesday evening as people picked up and dropped off travelers and more delays can be expected today.

Stay with 12 News as we update on traffic backups, closures and crashes. 


Sky Harbor is advising travelers that pick up and drop off will be even more jam-packed at the airport. 

The airport is expecting extra traffic between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. and staff said drivers should give themselves extra time and be prepared for stop and go traffic. 

The 44th Street PHX Sky Train Station is encouraged to be used for pick up and drop off.


3:45 p.m. 

Delays along Interstate 10 south of Phoenix are starting to ease up, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. 

3 p.m.

US 60 is closed near Vicksburg, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

A crash at milepost 40 has closed the highway about ten miles from Interstate 10. There is no estimated time to reopen the road.

8:15 a.m.

The westbound lanes on I-10 at the Salt River Bridge have reopened.

7:36 a.m.

A three-vehicle crash has blocked the HOV lanes on Interstate-17 at Indian School Road. One vehicle was flipped on its side. Only minor injuries were reported in the collision, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said.

Credit: Arizona Department of Transportation

6: 15 a.m.

The westbound HOV lanes of Interstate-10 at the Salt River Bridge were blocked due to a multi-vehicle crash.

Credit: Arizona Department of Transportation

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The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) offers driving tips to help keep people safe on the road. 

"There’s always room for improvement when it comes to road safety," the department said on its website. 

ADOT's suggestions include: 

  • Don’t speed or drive aggressively 
  • Never drive while under the influence of substances 
  • Avoid distractions while driving 
  • Wear your seatbelt and make sure all passengers are doing the same 
  • When an emergency vehicle is on the side of the road, move over 
  • Stay extra aware in work zones 
  • Be prepared for weather conditions that make driving dangerous

Find more tips on the department's Driving Safety Homepage on ADOT's website here. 

"Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov, by calling 511, downloading the AZ 511 app and through ADOT’s Twitter feed, @ArizonaDOT," the department said. 

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