- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on the closure of I-10 in Arizona over blowing dust (all times local):

4 p.m.

Authorities say they have reopened Interstate 10 at San Simon near the Arizona-New Mexico border after a nearly 7-hour closure due to blowing dust that caused low visibility.

The freeway had been closed in both directions most of the day. It was the third day in a row that officials had to close the highway because of blowing dust partially caused by a local farm.

That area saw wrecks and several closures last spring when a farm next to I-10 kept sending dust into the air. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality spent about $288,000 last year adding a chemical soil stabilizer to keep the dust at bay. It says that farm is again causing dust.


Arizona authorities have shut down Interstate 10 at San Simon near the state’s border with New Mexico for the third day in a row due to blowing dust.

I-10 is closed in both directions. Westbound I-10 is also closed at Lordsburg, New Mexico, and the eastbound side is closed nearby.

Strong winds and have caused blowing dust that causes poor to zero visibility in the area.

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality says the area near San Simon is affected by the same farm that had blowing dust issues last year, costing the state at least $288,000 in efforts to stabilize the soil.

The owners of that farm removed the stabilizer on 50 acres this week to prepare for planting, but winds arrived, causing them to have to cancel their plans.

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