Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Fri, Feb. 28

ADOT opens field office at Page City Hall
Public can visit office on Wednesdays and Thursdays with questions regarding U.S. 89 closure

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) set up an office in Page to bolster communication regarding the U.S. 89 closure caused by last month's landslide. The office is open twice a week.

ADOT will have a representative at Page City Hall (697 Vista Ave. in Page) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday. A project team member will be available to answer questions from the public and give the latest updates on the agency's plans to repair the highway.

"Our intention is to meet with people face to face and share the latest information on the US 89 closure," ADOT Communications Director Matthew Burdick said. "This will not only aid our communication efforts, but also give the public an opportunity to address their concerns with us. We'll take that input and share it with the project team.

"ADOT recognizes how important U.S. 89 is to the city of Page, Navajo Nation and the Lake Powell region, particularly as the busy tourism season approaches. ADOT is committed to keep local officials and the public informed of our progress."

U.S. 89 is closed north of Bitter Springs and south of Page.

ADOT is currently conducting a geotechnical investigation, which is the first phase of the solution. Crews are monitoring the stability of the slope and the ultimate repair of U.S. 89 will be based on the results of the geotechnical investigation.

"We believe this will be very beneficial for the community to have firsthand information from ADOT," Page Mayor Bill Diak said. "This is an example of a great partnership. We are excited to have a community relations person on site and we were more than happy to provide the office space at the city hall."

Alternative routes

Alternate routes include traveling east for 50 miles on U.S. 160 to State Route 98 and northwest on SR 98 for 65 miles to Page. The detour adds an additional 45 miles over the direct route.

Drivers also have the option to take northbound U.S. 89A through Marble Canyon toward Fredonia to reconnect to U.S. 89 in southern Utah. On this scenic stretch, drivers may take a pit stop at the Marble Canyon-Navajo Bridge Rest Area. Motorists can reach Page using this route by traveling north to U.S. 89 in Kanab, Utah and southbound on U.S. 89. It's an additional 80 miles longer than the direct route.

Drivers traveling from Utah to Phoenix can also take Interstate 15 toward Las Vegas before connecting to southbound US 93 in Arizona to U.S. 60 into the Phoenix area.

ADOT urges all commercial truck traffic to use one of the proposed alternate routes on state highways and avoid traveling on any local roads.

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