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Old 08-29-2013, 09:18 AM   #1
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US 89 Update: shorter detour opens to Page, Lake Powell

8/28/2013 ADOT

US 89T will provide shorter detour to Page, Lake Powell

Drivers headed to Page and the Lake Powell area this Labor Day weekend will have another option when the Arizona Department of Transportation opens the newly paved Temporary US 89 route (US 89T) on Thursday, Aug. 29, albeit with some restrictions.

The former Navajo Route 20 (known locally as Coppermine Road) runs parallel to US 89 from The Gap to LeChee and is accessible on US 89, approximately 17 miles north of the US 160 junction (Tuba City exit).

While the 27-mile paving operations have been completed, US 89T remains an active construction zone as crews continue to install right-of-way fencing along the corridor, which has a large amount of livestock.

Until fencing is complete, US 89T will be open during daylight hours only (except for local residents) and there will be a 25 mph speed limit in place. When construction is complete, the speed limit will be raised and nighttime restrictions will be lifted.

When traveling on US 89T, ADOT urges motorists to slow down, pay attention to their surroundings and be aware that this roadway is prone to animal crossings.

Immediately after the US 89 landslide, ADOT set an alternate route along US 160 and State Route 98, but the 115-mile-long route created a heavy burden for drivers because it was 45 miles longer than the direct route. With the restricted opening of US 89T, however, the US 160-to-SR 98 detour route may still be a faster option for drivers.

US 89T is not part of the ultimate solution to repair US 89, which has been closed north of Bitter Springs and south of Page since Feb. 20 due to a landslide that buckled pavement along the mountain slope in the Echo Cliffs area.

After an extensive geotechnical investigation of the US 89 landslide, ADOTís proposed solution is to move the travel lanes away from the active landslide and construct a gravity buttress to stabilize the area. The projected $40 million repair is expected to take more than two years to complete, and will include significant environmental and right-of-way clearances prior to construction.

Visit ADOTís latest blog to learn more about US 89T, which also has downloadable maps and links to related videos and other project information. For additional questions please contact the ADOT Project Hotline at 855.712.8533 or email Projects@azdot.gov.

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Thank you Dennis for posting that up-date! We are going to be heading to Lake Powell from the Grand Canyon in mid Sept. on this road. Thank you.

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Old 09-29-2013, 09:52 PM   #3
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Hi! I just stumbled in tonight searching for this topic. Just needed to know if a class A motorhome can make this trip on the new 89T section. We are planning a trip in that area in November. Thanks for your help.

Looks like a really great forum with loads of topics that will help us.

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Yes Class As can use the road. It is two lane and paved all the way. It is mostly 55 mph but some sections are 35 mph due to cattle being on the road. Believe me when I say 35 is tops on some spots when the cattle are around. You won't see them on the curves until it's too late at 50+. I've been there! You will see tourists doing 70+ and local Navajos doing 30-. :-) Just be aware of your surroundings. It is on Navajo Tribal Land and the Navajo Police patrol it. Yes, they do write tickets.
Drive north of the turn off to Tuba City on 89 from Flagstaff and then turn right and go up the hill at "The Gap". It's a very small settlement with a gas station and a small store. There is a sign for the turn. When you get to Page (You'll know it when you come to the only stop light you've seen in 100 miles) you can turn left and go to the old road of 89 (there you have to turn one way or the other as the road ends) turn right and find Wally World on the left in about a mile or you can go straight through the signal and around the corner and up the hill to turn right at the next stop signal and go into downtown Page proper.
Now for us locals, they paved 27 miles of new road in 90 days but they can't fix 1/2 mile of road in less than 2 years! Seems strange as when all the freeways collapsed in LA after the big earthquake they had everything up and running in 6 months or less. They didn't tell LA it would take 2 + years!
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Thanks for the info. I had also read about the cattle so we'll be sure to watch for them. Have a great day!

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