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Summer monsoon adding to ADOT's workload

PHOENIX -- This is normally the time of year when Arizona Department of Transportation crews are clearing winter debris and fixing potholes, but the monsoon season is complicating things.

The heavy rainfall has crews working to keep up with flooding, mudslides and rockslides in addition to patching up the pavement.

ADOT's Dustin Krugel said crews have done a great job keeping up with repairing potholes on Interstate 40 from Kingman to Flagstaff, which is prone to potholes because the main route across the northern part of the state receives a lot of winter snowfall.

Krugel said lightning has also been an issue for construction workers.

"We had blasting that was scheduled to run between midnight and 3 a.m. and [because of ]the impending lightning we bumped the blasting up a bit. You never know what's going to happen this time of the year with the monsoon."

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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