Swift Trail winter closure to start Nov. 16

Winter snow at higher elevations on Mount Graham has prompted ADOT to close Swift Trail (State Route 366) for the season effective Nov. 16. - Contributed Photo

SAFFORD — Arizona Department of Transportation announced the annual closure of Swift Trail for winter travel.

The closure of State Route 366 on Mount Graham goes into effect Monday, Nov. 16.

In a press release announcing the closure, ADOT also offered winter travel tips:

● Don’t let GPS and navigation apps replace common sense. When a highway is closed, a suggested alternate route involving an unpaved, unplowed road can lead you into danger.

● Pack an emergency kit, a fully charged mobile device, extra clothing, blankets, water and snacks.

● Slow down. Drive defensively. Be patient and allow additional time for your trip. Never pass a snowplow.

● Leave sufficient space between your vehicle and those ahead of you. Give yourself plenty of room and time to stop or to avoid hazards.

● Make sure your vehicle has plenty of fuel.

● Check weather and road conditions before you travel. Let someone know your route.

● Bring a small bag of sand or cat litter for wheel traction.

Additional information on winter driving is available at azdot.gov/KnowSnow.