5/12/2013 10:31:00 AM US 89 landslide detour paving to begin
An Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) project to repave 14 miles of US 160, about 25 miles west of Kayenta, is scheduled to begin May 13. US 160 is currently being used as a detour around the collapsed US 89 south of Page. Meanwhile, paving on the temporary US 89T (Navajo 20) is expected to begin at the end of May and be completed by late summer to shorten the driving time.
Improvements to US 89T (N20) will pave the unpaved 27-mile segment of N20 and includes the installation of fencing, cattle passes, cattle guards, and signage.
ADOT will consider bus pullout opportunities adjacent to US 89T (N20).
Commercial vehicle traffic (trucks) will be allowed on US 89T (N20) once paving is complete.
Once the paving is completed, ADOT would designate the route as US 89T (N20) and would provide roadway maintenance services. After repairs to US 89 are complete, US 89T (N20) will be relinquished to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Development of the Draft Final Geotechnical Report is anticipated to be complete at the end of May. The Draft Final Report will provide recommendations for roadway repair.
There is currently no timetable for reopening US 89, but ADOT is committed to restoring this important travel route as soon as safely possible.
Strict security measures on US 89 are being enforced to ensure the safety of the crews and emergency vehicles. This area is still considered unstable and is not safe for public travel. US 89 is closed to all traffic with the exception of authorized ADOT crews and emergency vehicles. Additional security fencing and ongoing efforts to monitor the site are in place to prevent security breaches.
To learn about the ongoing work on US 89, watch the videos at www.azdot.gov/us89.