State Route 88 (Apache Trail)

State Route 88 (Apache Trail) suffered severe damage in the summer and fall of 2019 as a result of the Woodbury Fire and subsequent flooding. Some sections of the road are open to traffic while others are closed pending repairs or further evaluation.

Current status

SR 88 Apache Trail Project Map

  • Apache Junction (milepost 194) to Fish Creek Hill Overlook/Rest Area (milepost 222) – Open to traffic
  • Fish Creek Hill Overlook/Rest Area (milepost 222) – to MP 229 (Apache Lake Marina) – Closed indefinitely
  • MP 229 (Apache Lake Marina) to MP 242 (Roosevelt) – Open to traffic

Fire and Flood

In June and July of 2019, the Woodbury Fire burned forest along and near SR 88 in the Tonto National Forest. Crews closed SR 88 during and immediately after the fire. The road was opened in segments in the weeks following the fire. By late August, the road was fully open.

On September 23, 2019, remnants of Tropical Storm Lorena dumped up to six inches of rain over the Woodbury Fire burn scar. The resulting flood caused millions of dollars in damages to the road, particularly between the Fish Creek Hill overlook and rest area (MP 222) and the Apache Lake Marina (MP 229). That segment of road will remain closed indefinitely.

The section of roadway between Tortilla Flat and the Fish Creek Hill overlook area also sustained damage, due to erosion, but that segment was repaired in early March and is open to traffic.

Background

State Route 88/Apache Trail was constructed in 1904 to provide construction access for the Roosevelt Dam, which was completed in 1911. Much of the route, particularly east of Tortilla Flat, retains its original historic character.