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SR 88 - Apache Trail

Post by AZLOT69 » Oct 21 2010 6:52 am

Wikipedia wrote:The Apache Trail in Arizona was a stagecoach trail that ran through the Superstition Mountains. It was named the Apache Trail after the Apache Indians who originally used this trail to move through the Superstition Mountains.

The current Apache Trail links Apache Junction (33.4152°N 111.5807°W) at the edge of the Greater Phoenix area with Theodore Roosevelt Lake (33.6725°N 111.1531°W), through the Superstition Mountains and the Tonto National Forest.

Today, the majority of Apache Trail remains unpaved, turning into a dirt road a few miles up from Tortilla Flat, and continuing as such for nearly the full remainder of its length. The section east of Apache Junction is known officially as State Route 88. It is also the main traffic corridor through Apache Junction, turning into Main Street as the road passes into Mesa, and regains the Apache name by becoming Apache Boulevard in Tempe, ending at Mill Avenue. Prior to the completion of the Superstition Freeway in 1992, the Apache Junction portion of the Apache Trail was part of US Highway 60, which was rerouted to the Superstition Freeway once it was completed.

The Trail winds steeply through 40 miles (64 km) of rugged desert mountains, past deep reservoir lakes like Canyon Lake and Apache Lake. The narrow, winding road is unpaved from just east of the town of Tortilla Flat to Roosevelt Dam; there are steep cliff drops and little in the way of safety barriers. The trail requires caution when driving and it is not recommended for large RVs, SUVs, or caravans. Some large RV rental companies in the US do not allow their vehicles to be taken on this route.
The Apache Trail will be closed for some major road repairs from November 15 - January 21, 2011. major delays will occur prior to and after those stated dates. Plan your outings accordingly.

See press release: http://www.azdot.gov/highways/projects/ ... 101510.pdf
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Re: Apache Trail repairs/delays/closures....

Post by hikeaz » Dec 09 2017 1:37 pm

State Route 88 will close for six hours on Tuesday, Dec. 12, near Tortilla Flat to allow the Arizona Department of Transportation to remove a boulder from an adjacent cliff.

SR 88 will be closed in both directions between the Laguna Recreation Site (milepost 212) and Tortilla Flat (milepost 213) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Alternate routes include SR 87 through Payson and US 60 through Globe.

Drivers will be able to access the Canyon Lake marina during the closure.
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Re: SR 88 - Apache Trail

Post by hikeaz » Feb 25 2018 8:39 am

Pavement improvements start Monday, Feb. 26.

The work will begin with the removal of old pavement along SR 88 in the Canyon Lake Marina and Tortilla Flat areas from midnight to 9 a.m. Monday followed by paving from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, and Wednesday, Feb. 28, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Flagging crews and a pilot vehicle will be used to guide traffic through the work zone one direction at a time. A 10-foot vehicle-width restriction will be in place in the work zone.

The milling operation to remove old pavement will resume from midnight to 9 a.m. Friday, March 2. Crews then plan to pave during daytime hours Monday through Thursday until late March. Milling work is scheduled for early morning hours on Fridays as crews continue working along SR 88 between mileposts 202 and 213.
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Re: SR 88 - Apache Trail

Post by hikeaz » Jun 12 2018 8:17 am

A stretch of State Route 88, also known as the Apache Trail, will be closed near Tortilla Flat northeast of Apache Junction on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings (June 12-13) for rock-removal work. Drivers should delay travel or use alternate routes while the closures are in place.
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Re: SR 88 - Apache Trail

Post by SuperstitionGuy » Jun 23 2018 3:26 pm

I drove Apache Trail, State Route 88 yesterday afternoon late and the re-paving is now complete all the way to Tortilla Flat. This includes the paint stripping, expanded pullouts, signage and a new concrete surface on the crossing of Tortilla creek. The drive was wonderful and a joy to experience and see. Beyond Tortilla the roadway is still as it was but they have been installing additional guard rails and improving the old. Give them another three or four months and all will be completed. The gravel road to the bottom of Fish Creek Hill is the same and the roadway down Fish Creek Hill is in need of new gravel and grading.
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