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AZ US 89 Scheduled to Reopen

adot blogSedona AZ (March 11, 2015) –  Two years after a landslide ripped apart a 500-foot section of US 89 and split the communities of Bitter Springs and Page, the Arizona Department of Transportation anticipates reopening the highway to traffic on the afternoon of Friday, March 27, 2015, barring any potential weather delays or mechanical breakdowns during the paving process, which began today.

Page Unified School District buses are expected to be the first vehicles to pass through newly rebuilt roadway. Students from the Bitter Springs and Marble Canyon areas have been among the most impacted by the US 89 closure, which has remained in place following the February 20, 2013, geologic event approximately two miles north of the US 89/US 89A junction near the community of Bitter Springs.Following the paving of Temporary US 89 in August 2013, US 89T has served as the detour route for motorists headed to and from the Page and Lake Powell areas, but residents and students in the Bitter Springs and Marble Canyon communities have still had to go out of their way to travel to and from Page and Lake Powell.adot logo

“The reopening of Highway 89 is great news for Page Unified School District and the families that we serve in the communities of Marble Canyon, Bitter Springs and Cedar Ridge,”” said Page Unified School District Superintendent Jim Walker. “”The district will be now be able to re-establish our traditional bus runs to these communities, which will reduce the time that some of these children spend on our buses by up to an hour on a one-way trip. I would like thank our families for their efforts to continue to support their children’s school attendance during this very challenging time.””

Prior to the March 27 reopening, crews will be completing the paving, install rumble strips and guardrail, and add temporary striping and pavement markers along the roadway. The launch of the $25 million repair project last summer, which included removing approximately one million cubic yards of rock material to realign the roadway and construct a down slope rock buttress at the base of the Echo Cliffs to stabilize the area, required ADOT to clear several hurdles to move the project forward.

The ultimate repair of US 89 is the final step in fulfilling ADOT’s three-pronged approach to the US 89 landslide incident, which included providing immediate emergency access, conducting a geo-technical investigation and restoring essential traffic to the area. Paving US 89T (Navajo Route 20) has been the short-term solution for motorists driving to and from Page.

“ADOT recognizes the importance of this corridor and what it means to the communities of Bitter Springs, Cedar Ridge and Marble Canyon,” said ADOT Intermodal Transportation Division Director Steve Boschen. “While the February 20, 2013, landslide event was certainly unexpected and a severe blow to the area, it was a reminder about how critical transportation infrastructure is to the motorists, businesses, local residents and schoolchildren who rely on it every day.”

After an extensive geo-technical assessment identified the necessary repairs in July 2013, ADOT retained an engineering firm and developed plans for the eventual repair; finalized all federally required environmental reviews that included cultural, biological and water quality measures; and, completed plans for the required right-of-way easements.

adot city construction highwayADOT, along with the Federal Highway Administration, Navajo Nation, Navajo Division of Transportation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, were able to expedite the environmental, utility and right-of-way clearance process, knowing that the use of US 89T was a temporary fix, especially for the  Bitter Springs area  communities.

The US 89 landslide repair project is eligible for reimbursement through the Federal Highway Administration’s emergency relief program, which provides funding to state and local agencies for the repair or reconstruction of highways, roads and bridges that are damaged in natural disasters and catastrophic failures.

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  1. Utility work is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 23, 2015, on southbound State Route 89A in Jerome (milepost 345) as crews replace an existing waterline.

    The southbound lane will be closed for the next three weeks, through April 10. Drivers in both directions will be guided through the work zone with flaggers. Work hours are Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Road will be fully open on the weekends. Minimal delays expected. The work zone will be clearly marked by temporary barricades and signage.

  2. March 23rd through March 27th is National Work Zone Awareness week, and ADOT wants to remind you that driving with caution through a work zone will not only help to protect road crews, it will help ensure your safety. Check out ADOT’s website and video to learn more about how you can drive safely through work zones.

  3. Weekend Travel Advisory
    March 27-30, 2015

    Drivers should be aware of the following restrictions:
    •Eastbound Interstate 10 narrowed to one lane overnight between 32nd Street and Baseline Road in Tempe from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday
    •Westbound US 60 (Superstition Freeway) narrowed to two lanes overnight between Loop 101 and Interstate 10 in Tempe from 9 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday
    •Southbound Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) narrowed to two lanes overnight between Indian Bend Road and McDonald Drive from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday.

    Heads up travelers and drivers!

  4. Pavement maintenance on SR 89 south of Yarnell tomorrow – Following a recent rock fall on State Route 89 south of Yarnell (mileposts 272-277), crews will repair damages tomorrow on the southbound lanes and drivers traveling southbound will be shifted onto one lane of the northbound lanes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. according to ADOT.

    No major restrictions or delays are expected. The speed limit will be reduced to 30 mph. ADOT advises drivers to proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.

  5. Weekend Travel Advisory
    April 3-6, 2015

    Drivers should be aware of the following restrictions:
    •Northbound Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) narrowed to two lanes overnight between McDowell and Thomas roads from 10 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday
    •Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) narrowed in both directions to two lanes overnight near the Dobson Road overpass in Mesa from 10 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday
    •Northbound Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) narrowed to one lane overnight between Broadway and Brown roads in Mesa from 10 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday

  6. Maintenance work on the runaway truck ramp on I-17 south of Camp Verde this week – Minimal delays during work hours

    Landscape maintenance is scheduled on the northbound truck escape ramp this week on a four-mile segment (mileposts 282 to 286) of Interstate 17, approximately five miles south of Camp Verde. Work hours are Monday through Thursday, April 6 through April 9, between 6:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day.

    I-17 northbound will be narrowed to one lane and the runaway truck ramp will be closed during work hours. Drivers can expect minimal delays.

    The speed limit through the work zones will be reduced to 45 mph during work hours.

    ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule.

  7. Utility work scheduled on SR 89A at Sixth Street in Cottonwood –

    Utility work is scheduled on State Route 89A in Cottonwood at Sixth Street tomorrow, Wednesday, April 8, 2015, between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

    Northbound SR 89A at Sixth Street (milepost 352) will be narrowed to one lane to provide a safe work zone for utility crews. Minimal delays expected during work hours. Work zone will be clearly marked by temporary barricades and signage.

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