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Feds release $2M to repair northern Arizona highway

The Associated Press


PAGE, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Transportation will release $2 million for initial emergency repairs to a highway in northern Arizona.

The amount was requested by the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Gov. Jan Brewer signed an emergency declaration last Friday so the state could seek federal money to pay for repairing the highway, which remains partially closed.

U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., said Tuesday that the Feb. 20 collapse and closure of the stretch of U.S. 89 on a hillside south of Page has had a direct impact on local businesses, schools and families.

She says it has created major delays for school bus routes, emergency-responder routes, employers and employees of Page-based businesses and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. It also increased the cost of deliveries and gasoline in the region.

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