Work on buckled Arizona highway could start soon

PAGE, AZ - Construction to repair a buckled highway in northern Arizona could start this summer.

A 150-foot section of pavement on U.S. 89 south of Page buckled in a landslide a year ago.

The state Department of Transportation says a $25 million project to move the roadway about 60 feet and construct a downslope buttress to stabilize the area could be complete by the end of the year. That's if the department doesn't encounter hurdles in environmental reviews or right-of-way clearances.

The department submitted the final environmental documents to the Federal Highway Administration for review this week.

Motorists have been using an alternative roadway, labeled US 89T, between The Gap and Page since August.

But transportation officials say travel between Bitter Springs and Page continues to be a hardship.

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