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Arizona DOT plans to rebuild highway closed by landslide

Road buckle in February (courtesy: AP)

The Associated Press


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Arizona Department of Transportation says it could be more than two years before motorists can again travel a now-closed section of northern Arizona highway between Flagstaff and Page.

The department says it plans to rebuild the highway atop a huge new rock retaining wall at the base of a Feb. 20 landslide where the ground slipped out from under US 89.

ADOT estimates the work will cost $40 million and says it considered but rejected alternatives of building a whole new road around the collapse and repaving the highway where it is now.

A detour now in use adds 45 miles to the trip. A shorter detour is being prepared.

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