UPDATE: Flood closure area partially reopens on Highway 89-A

Crews work to clear the flood area, Coconino County, Arizona, Aug. 10, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Arizona Department of Transportation, St. George News

COCONINO COUNTY, Ariz. – Arizona Department of Transportation workers have opened one lane of travel Monday in the flood area on Highway 89-A in Coconino County, Arizona.

As of Monday night, one lane has been reopened between Jacob Lake, Arizona, and Marble Canyon, Arizona, according to information from ADOT.

Read more: ‘Boulders the size of houses’; 34-mile road closure continues on Highway 89-A

The previously closed 34-mile section of Highway 89-A was shut down after a heavy storm raged through the area Sunday afternoon, covering the road with mud and huge boulders and rendering the highway impassable.

The affected area is located between mileposts 545-579.

“ADOT crews with heavy equipment have been working around the clock since Sunday to clear the roadway of debris and reopen … it,” an ADOT press release said.

Now that one lane is open, flaggers will direct traffic through the area.

As this report is published, ADOT does not yet have a time estimate for when both lanes will be open.

“ADOT engineers are currently assessing possible damage to the roadway following the storm,” the press release said, “but the inspections will not hinder efforts to reopen the highway to a single lane.”

Motorists traveling on Highway 89-A to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon should expect possible delays, according to the press release. The road restrictions will not affect visitors to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.


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1 Comment

  • SteveSGU August 11, 2015 at 11:28 am

    “Motorists traveling on Highway 89-A to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon should expect possible delays.”

    Actually, that is only true if you are coming from the east and the south. If you are traveling from Southern Utah to the North Rim, this flash flood never affected that portion of the highway.

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