Current/Upcoming Projects - SR 88 (Apache Trail)

SR 88 roadway improvement project

The Arizona Department of Transportation in coordination with the US Forest Service began a project in fall 2022 to pave and make other improvements to an 11-mile gravel section of SR 88 (Apache Trail) between Apache Lake and the Theodore Roosevelt Dam. 

The work includes installing an aggregate base and covering it with a chip seal, in addition to improving drainage features that are not functional or have been damaged by flooding. The project will also improve sight lines at five locations.

The project is intended to improve the resilience of the roadway during heavy rainfall and to reduce the amount of repair work required after flooding. Because current drainage features aren’t able to handle more severe storms, the improvements will prevent further damage and closures that limit public access. 

The roughly $18 million project is expected to take about one year, with work scheduled from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.

Drivers should plan for flagging operations and temporary closures of up to 20 minutes while crews are working. Also, motorists should prepare to slow down and allow for extra travel time.

Learn more on the FHWA project webpage.

SR 88 Design Concept Report (DCR)/Environmental Overview (EO) Study

ADOT is in the process of conducting a study on the 7-mile section of SR 88 east of the Fish Creek Overlook ending at Apache Lake Marina (mileposts 222-229) that remains closed due to extensive roadway damage and rock debris.  The study, which began fall 2022, will evaluate revegetation in the Woodbury burn scar area and what options are feasible from a long-term construction and maintenance cost perspective on restoring access to Apache Trail.

The study is expected to be finished in 2023.