Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Detours offer access to northern Arizona communities, businesses near US 89 closure


Even though there’s a stretch of US 89 that’s not open, the businesses and communities surrounding the closure most definitely are.

That’s the message that area residents, business owners and ADOT are hoping to get out…

“With the busy tourism season coming up, there are a lot of people concerned in Page and the Lake Powell area with how this closure is going to impact their businesses,” says ADOT Public Information Officer Dustin Krugel in the video above. “That’s why we’re doing everything we can to let the public know that Page and the Lake Powell area are open.”

Motorists should know that they can still get to all the popular tourism destinations in the northern part of our state. Maps and information on detour routes can be found on azdot.gov/US89, ADOT’s new site dedicated to keeping the public informed about the latest news on US 89.

Traci Varner, general manager at the Lake Powell Days Inn, says the detour is actually really a pretty drive.

“It’s just a little out of the way, but it’s a beautiful ride,” she says.

It’s also important to note that US 89A is not affected by the closure. So if you’re heading to the Grand Canyon's north rim (when it opens up for the season in mid-May), Fredonia, Lees Ferry or Marble Canyon, the detour won't impact your drive.

So, to sum up … Page and the Lake Powell areas are open for business. And, judging from the video above, they’re all ready for the beautiful season ahead!

For the latest on US 89, visit azdot.gov/US89, or check out our previous blog posts.

21 comments:

  1. Great message, thank you for sharing it with everyone.

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  2. I recently traveled through Hwy 89 (April 1st). I noted that at the "Tuba City Jct.", Hwy 164 and Hwy 89, there is a sign that simply states "Hwy 89 Closed". It is misleading. I think it should say "Hwy 89B Closed. Hwy 89A Opened". After I passed the junction, the traffic decreased incredibly. Of course, motorists may be aware of the curvy road up to Jacob Lake and down into Fredonia and want to avoid that. It was sometimes 30 to 40 MPH. Whatever, it should give motorists the correct information and a choice.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts! We will forward your comments on to the project team.

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  3. Question - Is 89A open from Utah down to junction into the 89?

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    1. Good afternoon,
      US 89A is not affected by the closure. Only a portion of US 89 (a 23-mile-long stretch of the highway between the US 89A junction near Bitter Springs to the State Route 98 junction near Page) is closed.

      For a good look at what routes are impacted, check out our US 89 detour map. You can find it online at azdot.gov/US89.

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  4. Is 89 will be open for July

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    1. Thanks for your question!

      It is unlikely that the stretch of US 89 closed due to a landslide will open within the next three months.

      While it is still premature to lay out any timeline, know that ADOT has experts on the scene who are working to determine the cause of the landslide. They're also assessing the safety of the slope and determining short- and long-term options to return mobility to the area.

      To get the latest information on the US 89 closure, we recommend that you sign up for email alerts at azdot.gov/US89.

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  5. Hello,
    We are going to Grand Canyon page in August.
    I wonder if the route 20 is easily walkable or is it a 4x4?
    Regards

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    1. Thanks for the question!

      Navajo Route 20 is NOT a walkable route and it is NOT recommended that you hike on this road.

      In fact, at this time ADOT is not recommending that through vehicle traffic use Navajo Route 20. The roadway, especially at night or following inclement weather, is not an acceptable replacement for ADOT’s highways.

      When the roadway is paved as a temporary detour, we will be able to recommend it as an alternative for vehicles (but not for hikers).

      Visit www.azdot.gov/US89 for a detour map along with the latest information related to US 89.

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  6. Hi, I will be at Page on May 19th. Is there any way to get to Horsebend access point from Page at all?

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    1. Sorry I meant "Horseshoe Bend", which is south to Page, AZ.

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    2. Good afternoon,

      Yes, it is possible to visit Horseshoe Bend. Southbound US 89 – from the intersection of SR 98/US 89 to the landslide site – is open to local traffic.

      Thanks for reading!

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  7. horse 'pucky' spend a couple thousand dollars and by pass the 150 ' section, or just 'go around'. Oh yeah, those DA engineers don't get paid when not standing around in the field.

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  8. Hello,
    we'll go from Page to Gran Canyon around June, the 15th.
    Do you think we can pass thru the House Rock Valley Road, as a scenic bypass, or is it for experienced 4x4 only ?
    Regards

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    1. Good afternoon,
      We're not familiar with the road you're referring to, so we cannot offer a recommendation.

      However, we invite you to check out our US 89 detour map at azdot.gov/US89. The map may help you plan your route.

      Thank you!

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  9. Is it possible to get from St. George UT to Flagstaff via Jacob Lake/Lee's Ferry? I thought It was clear, but I wanted to make sure before planning a trip through there.

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    1. Good afternoon, Jamie.
      The map on our US89 webpage should help you plan your route.
      You can find it online at azdot.gov/US89.

      On that site, you’ll also find videos, news and photos.
      Thanks for reading!!

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  10. Hello,
    I am planning a trip that includes the route from Jacob Lake to Page. I do understand that rte 89 north into Page is closed. My question is if the detour through Tuba City, etc. can be shortened. I have a map that indicates there is a secondary road from The Gap to Kaibito?

    Is there such a road, and is it passable by passenger car?
    Thank you for any suggestions.

    E.F. S.

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    1. Good afternoon,
      The only detour we're recommending at this time is shown on azdot.gov/US89.

      However, ADOT has started work on a future interim detour route that will shorten travel time. The paving work on the detour is set to finish this summer. You can read about it HERE.

      Have a safe trip!

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  11. Hello, we have planned to go from Page to Horseshoe bend and back, then we'll head toward Monument Valley. Is it possibile to go to Horseshoe Bend by car and then come back to Page?
    Thanks for the infos, without that blog i would have simply ripped off page from my travel!

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    1. Good morning,
      Yes, it is possible to travel from Page to Horseshoe Bend and back!

      US 89 – from the intersection of SR 98/US 89 to the landslide site – is open to local traffic.

      Enjoy your trip!

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