Photos: US 89 landslide repairs underway

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on September 1, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 10 at 5:56 PM

PAGE, Ariz. -- A landslide destroyed a stretch of U.S. 89 south of Page more than a year ago and crews are busy working on the reconstruction.

The landslide, which occurred on Feb. 20, 2013, buckled a 500-foot section of road roughly 25 miles south of Page.

The landslide cut off the main link in and out of Page and Lake Powell. Motorists have been using Navajo Route 20 while the highway has been closed between Bitter Springs and the state Route 98 junction near Page.

Geologists recommended shifting the highway away from the active landslide area to prevent a repeat disaster.

Heavy machines are moving dirt and blasting away rock to carve out a brand-new stretch of road.

The new highway will cost $25 million and won't be done until next year.

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