US 89 landslide repair project is nearly complete

US 89 landslide repair project is nearly complete

March 12, 2015

Photos taken this week at the project site.

We’re really in the homestretch now.

The 23-mile-long section of US 89 that has been closed since a landslide ripped apart a portion of the road is set to open very soon.

How soon?

We’re looking at the early evening of Friday, March 27, barring any potential weather delays or mechanical breakdowns during paving.

As you can see in the photos at right, crews have already started the paving process. Before March 27, they’ll also need to install rumble strips and guardrail, and add temporary striping and pavement markers along the roadway.

The photos above also help to illustrate just how far the project has come along...

Longtime readers will remember what the road looked like back in February 2013. The past two years have included an extensive geotechnical assessment, paving US 89T (Navajo Route 20) so that it could serve as a short-term detour, environmental reviews and the repair project itself, which started last summer and called for the removal of about one million cubic yards of rock material to realign the roadway and construct a downslope rock buttress to stabilize the area.

As March 27 approaches, we’ll have more details to share. Until then, you can find additional information in this news release and on our US 89 project page.

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