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The water leak in your house has got that bad?azbackpackr wrote:The road opened today! I'm heading to Page on Saturday to buy another kayak.
Yeah, the geology there is not conducive to high-speed roads unless it never rains.azbackpackr wrote:In order to achieve longevity for a rebuilt highway through the Chinle Formation they will have to excavate it deep, like they did in Cameron, and fill it in under the roadbed with a non-clay material. The so-called "Navajo Rapids" will otherwise occur all over again.
According to ADOT in the post above:
Looking at a map, this makes sense. The evil Google machine confirms it. It's about 80 miles longer and takes an hour and a half more than the regular route (when traveling from the valley)Alternative routes are Interstate 40, State route 87, State Route 264 and U.S. 160.
It looks to me like emergency repairs will have the northbound US89 reopened within a few days but permanent repairs will take longer. Traffic might be snarled for a while but will still probably be better than the detour.For motorists traveling south on U.S. 89, the closure does not affect access to Grand Canyon National Park’s east entrance via SR 64.
The department plans to do short-term repairs to allow the roadway to reopen quickly and will send work to make permanent repairs later, ADOT said.
ADOT sent personnel and equipment to the sinkhole site Thursday and requested special funding through the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Program for emergency repairs, officials said.