PAGE, Ariz. - The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is almost done paving Navajo Route 20 (US 89T), a detour route for U.S. 89 which remains closed after a landslide buckled pavement and closed the road north of Bitter Springs and south of Page Feb. 20.
ADOT is on track to complete the $35 million project prior to the Labor Day holiday weekend (an exact date is yet to be determined) though a lot of work still remains to be done before the general public will be able to travel on the road.
ADOT has paved a 27-mile stretch of N20. Prior to opening the road proper signage still needs to be installed along with right-of-way fencing and other safety measures to ensure a safe roadway.
Because of the large number of animals in the area, livestock on the roadway is a major safety issue. Crews will install fencing along the entire project area prior to the road opening.
Additional work includes installing cattle guards, swing gates, permanent signage, centerline rumble strips, initial striping (which is taking place now) and seeding near the roadway.
Crews have been working day and night shifts for 18 to 20 hours per day to finish paving work.
According to ADOT officials, normally a project this big would take more than a year to complete but ADOT has made a huge amount of progress in a short time.
ADOT warns drivers that while progress is being made and they are in the final stages, the roadway is not open yet.
To keep the public informed of project progress, ADOT has launched a range of communication tools, including its webpage, www.azdot.gov/US89. The page includes information on the repair of U.S. 89.