Good news for Page, Lake Powell and the rest of Northern Arizona: Work on rebuilding a collapsed section of U.S. Route 89 will begin later this month.
At its meeting last week, the Arizona Transportation Board approved a $25 million project to repair the highway, which was damaged last February by a “geologic event.” (Our bosses at the Arizona Department of Transportation are now calling the “event” a landslide.)
About 500 feet of roadway in the Echo Cliffs area, 25 miles south of Page, buckled after the landslide. The project will move the roadway 60 feet away from the landslide area, ADOT said in a news release. Crews will also construct a buttress to stabilize the road.
If all goes as planned, U.S. Route 89 will reopen by summer 2015, when travel to Page and other Northern Arizona destinations is heaviest. Until then, travelers can use U.S. Route 89T, a section of Indian Road 20 that ADOT paved last summer, as a temporary detour.
For more information about the project, visit the ADOT project page.