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ADOT restores northbound SR 87 to two lanes south of Payson

ADOT restores northbound SR 87 to two lanes south of Payson

July 14, 2023

Tanker fire a week ago severely damaged pavement, closing one lane

PHOENIX – Great news for those heading to the Mogollon Rim and White Mountains to beat the heat: An Arizona Department of Transportation project has restored northbound State Route 87 to two lanes about 10 miles south of Payson. 

The right lane had been closed near milepost 243 since a tanker fire severely damaged the pavement a week ago. To make sure the highway is ready for weekend travel, ADOT engaged a contractor that began work early Friday to repave both northbound lanes. 

After the weekend, a daytime right lane closure will be needed from Monday through Thursday in the coming weeks so crews can complete environmental cleanup. Both northbound lanes of SR 87 will continue to be available for weekend travel.

Those planning to take US 60 to the White Mountains should plan for delays just south of Salt River Canyon, where a paving project requires a pilot car to guide traffic in each direction on one alternating lane between mileposts 288 and 293. 

Wherever you may be going in the current extreme heat, following these tips can help keep you, your passengers and your pets safe:

  • Keep your fuel tank at least three-quarters full to avoid running out of gas.

  • Make sure your vehicle’s air conditioning is functioning properly.

  • Pack a cooler with cold drinking water and healthy snacks.

  • Have an umbrella, sunscreen, sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and loose-fitting, light-colored cotton clothing for sun protection.

  • Review other ADOT tips for extreme weather at azdot.gov/severe-weather.

Highway conditions and restrictions can and do change rapidly. Before your trip, please get the latest information by visiting ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information website at az511.gov, using the AZ511 app, calling 511 or checking ADOT’s Twitter feed, @ArizonaDOT.