Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Construction Repair Buckled Highway

Construction to repair a buckled highway in northern Arizona could start this summer.  A 150-foot section of pavement on U-S Highway 89 south of Page buckled in a landslide a year ago.  The state Department of Transportation says a 25-million-dollar project to move the roadway about 60 feet and construct a downslope buttress to stabilize the area could be complete by the end of the year.  That is if the department does not encounter hurdles in environmental reviews or right-of-way clearances.  The department submitted the final environmental documents to the Federal Highway Administration for review this week.  Motorists have been using an alternative roadway, labeled U-S 89-T, between The Gap and Page since August 2013.  But transportation officials say travel between Bitter Springs and Page continues to be a hardship.

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