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Repair of US 89 Continues

November 20
09:41 2014

89 SIGNAGEProgress on US 89 is going smoothly, according to ADOT.

Everything is going really well and we have been making really great progress to reopen next year, before the busy travel season.” – Dustin Krugel Public Information Officer ADOT

The road, which many depended on as the main path to and from Flagstaff and beyond, collapsed when a landslide caused the pavement to buckle in March 2013 about 18-miles south of Page. Read More Here

The road had become completely impassable in a matter of seconds.  While no one was hurt in the actual landslide, people are still feeling the pain of having to take a detour everyday.

The landslide created a huge inconvenience for anyone that needed to use US89, as the only other road out of or into the area was Coppermine Road, which at the time was just a dirt road. But then an agreement between the Navajo Nation and the State of Arizona led to Coppermine being paved and reopened as 89T.

89T is now a fully paved temporary replacement for Highway 89. However, when the Arizona Department of Transportation decided to pave the 27 mile stretch and opened it for commercial travel on August 29th 2014, they did so with some restraints. During the first initial stages of preparing 89T, the speed limit was restricted to only 25 mph and was only open during the daytime.

The speed limit and night time restraints have since been lifted and 89T is opened for full commercial travel. There should be smooth sailing between the Page/Lake Powell area and Flagstaff hopefully by April next year.

Video from ADOT on the progress being made on US 89:

http://www.azdot.gov/media/blog/posts/2014/11/14/building-a-freeway-moving-a-mountain

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