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Arizona stretch of I-10 will get dust-storm warning system

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Posted at 9:08 AM, Mar 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-23 14:44:05-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - An Arizona project to provide travelers on Interstate 10 with timely warnings about potentially deadly low-visibility conditions from dust storms on a 10-mile (16-kilometer) stretch between Phoenix and Tucson is just months from completion.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that the system planned by the Arizona Department of Transportation will combine technologies such as closed-circuit cameras, radar and digital warning signs.

A $12.8 million federal grant is funding the project, which is expected to be installed by October.

In 2013, three people were killed in a 19-vehicle pileup during a dust storm along the stretch of I-10 where the system will go. Traffic on the interstate was backed up for 6 miles (10 kilometers).

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.tucson.com