US 89 in Arizona
According to Simplyyellowpages, US 89 is a US Highway in the US state of Arizona. Forming a north-south route in the north of the state, the road begins in Flagstaff at Interstate 40 and runs through the Painted Desert and past Grand Canyon National Park, ending just past Glen Canyon Dam on the border with Utah. The route is 233 kilometers long.
US 89 at Page.
The road begins in Flagstaff, a central city with a population of 58,000 and an urban area that is twice as large. The town is mainly made up of shops and other businesses as it is the only town of importance in northern Arizona. Phoenix is located 220 kilometers to the south. The road then heads north and begins a route at about 2,100 meters high through the San Francisco Mountains, with a view of the 3,850 meter high Humphreys Peak, the highest point in Arizona. The road passes east of the mountain range, and the road has a stretch of 2×2 lanes. You pass the Wupatki National Monument, remains with Native American ruins.
The road descends continuously and the landscape changes from high mountains to desert. In Cameron, SR-64 exits, a road that leads to the Grand Canyon, which lies a little to the west. You then pass through Navajo Nation, an autonomous area of the Navajo Indians, an area twice the size of the Netherlands. One then passes through the Painted Desert, an area of barren canyons and low mountains. Near Tuba City, US 160. turnsdown towards Kayenta in the east. The landscape on the way consists of desert with buttes, narrow plateau mountains. East of the road are the Echo Cliffs, cliffs that rise about 400 meters above the valley. US 89 then turns east for a bit, and Alternative US 89 continues straight to go through Marble Canyon toward Kanab, both roads reunite in Utah. Just off US 89 is Horseshoe Bend, a horseshoe-shaped canyon of the Grand Canyon. Cross the Grand Canyon at Page. A little further on is the border with Utah. US 89 in Utah then continues west to Kanab.
US 89 Alternate
The Navajo Bridge (US 89A).
The US 89 ALT follows a route of 146 kilometers, more or less parallel to the US 89, an alternative route that runs a little further south. The road exits from US 89 about 35 miles south of Page and continues north along the Echo Cliffs, making a long arc through Marble Canyon, where one crosses the Grand Canyon via the Navajo Bridge, a high arch bridge about 200 meters above the Colorado River. The road then turns southwest, passing the Vermillion Cliffs, a series of cliffs that rise some 900 meters above the landscape. Later, the road bends to the west and runs through the desert to the Kaibab Plateau, rising to an altitude of about 2,300 meters. The landscape here is more alpine with forests made up of small trees. The last town before the Utah borderis Fredonia, then the border follows and the US 89 ALT in Kanab rejoins the US 89 in Utah.
US 89 between Bitter Springs and Page, which was closed between 2013 and 2015.
According to itypejob, US 89 was created in 1926. US 89 was only built north of Bitter Springs in the 1960s. US 89 previously ran over what is now US 89 Alternate. Before 1992, US 89 was longer, ending on the border with Mexico at Nogales. The road then ran along what is now I-19, SR-79, US 60, US 93, and SR-89, passing through Tucson, Phoenix, Wickenburg, and Prescott.
On February 20, 2013, US 89 was completely closed between Bitter Springs and Page after a major landslide near Bitter Springs, on the stretch where US 89 rises from 1,600 to 1,850 meters. Initially, the detour was more than 200 kilometers over the nearest tarmac road. It became clear that US 89 had to be closed for a long time to stabilize the slope and rebuild the road. Therefore, a Navajo Road was paved which reduced the detour to 80 kilometers (less from Flagstaff). The Navajo Road was numbered US89T. US 89 was then closed for 2 years and reopened on March 27, 2015. The repair cost $25 million.
The road still handles some through and recreational traffic, with traffic volumes between 4,000 and 8,000 vehicles per day. The US 89 ALT is quieter, with barely 1,500 vehicles per day.