Plan for extended closure, detour on US 191 south of Willcox

ADOT crews repairing soil erosion under roadway

PHOENIX – Motorists should plan for an extended closure of US 191 south of Willcox while crews with the Arizona Department of Transportation work to repair soil erosion under the roadway.

US 191 fissure alongside roadThe closure requires drivers to use a clearly marked local detour between mileposts 53.1 and 55.7. Motorists will use Birch, Cochise Stronghold and Dragoon roads while the closure is in place

This section of US 191 was closed Monday, July 5, when crews discovered soil erosion next to the roadway following heavy rainfall in the area. Maintenance crews have since found additional erosion under the highway and are developing repair plans.

The damage is a reminder that many factors, including wildfires and rainstorms, can trigger unplanned closures that will require repairs before a roadway can safely reopen to traffic. Drivers should get road conditions at before traveling, or by checking with ADOT on Twitter, Facebook or the ADOT Alerts app.