ADOT to conduct tests at site of buckled highway - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

ADOT to conduct tests at site of buckled highway

Updated:
Photo taken by Jeremiah Begaye Photo taken by Jeremiah Begaye
  • ADOT to conduct tests at site of buckled highwayMore>>

  • Damaged northern Arizona highway remains closed

    Damaged northern Arizona highway remains closed

    The Arizona Department of Transportation says a stretch of U.S. 89 in northern Arizona will remain closed indefinitely because of damage to the roadway about 25 miles south of Page.
    The Arizona Department of Transportation says a stretch of U.S. 89 in northern Arizona will remain closed indefinitely because of damage to the roadway about 25 miles south of Page.
PAGE, Ariz. -

The Arizona Department of Transportation is deploying equipment to drill shifts to help determine whether it can proceed with repairing a stretch of US 89 that was closed when pavement buckled.

ADOT says the shafts will be used to measure movement of the slope where the buckling tore up big sections of pavement on the highway south of Page.

According to ADOT, once the measurement work is done, the next step would be to begin designing a potential repair project.

But ADOT says the first step is determine whether the ground has stopped moving and is safe again.

"It's not going to be a quick fix. it's not gonna be something we can just patch," said ADOT spokesman Dustin Krugel.

"We had a geological event and what our engineers are now describing as a landslide that caused a quarter mile of damage, including about 150 foot section of pavement that sunk four to six feet."

Traffic is being detoured around the closed stretch of US 89.

Krugel says it's too early to predict when the highway will reopen.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices