PAGE, Ariz. — Gov. Jan Brewer has signed an emergency declaration so the
state can seek federal money to pay for repairing a northern Arizona highway
that remains partially closed since pavement buckled on Feb. 20.
The Department of Transportation says it doesn’t know how long repairs to the
stretch of U.S. 89 on a hillside south of Page will take or cost.
However, Brewer’s emergency declaration said the severity of the damage
requires that the state obtains federal assistance.
Hundreds of feet of pavement were ripped apart by what Brewer’s declaration
refers as a failure of the slope.
Traffic is being detoured around the stretch of U.S. 89 that is closed between
Page and the highway’s junction with U.S. 89A.