- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - State agencies say they’re working to reduce the risk from dust blowing off recently plowed farmland in southeastern Arizona onto a stretch of Interstate 10.

The Arizona Department of Transportation and state Department of Public Safety have closed 62 miles of I-10 several times in recent weeks as dust has severely limited visibility near the New Mexico border and sent traffic on a 110-mile detour.

ADOT says it began using tankers last weekend that spray water in hope of creating a layer of wind-resistant crust. The trucks have given an initial watering to more than 320 acres of the 640 acres responsible for most of the dust.

State Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Agriculture officials are working with the land owner on reducing the chances of blowing dust.

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