Navajo Route 20 to be paved, serve as U.S. 89 detour

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- As officials work to repair the section of U.S. 89 that was severely damaged earlier this year by a landslide, the Arizona Department of Transportation has come up with a new way for people to reach the Page and Lake Powell region.

On Thursday, the State Transportation Board approved funding to pave Navajo Route 20.

There is currently a detour around the damaged section of U.S. 89 that uses U.S. 160 and State Route 98.

The detour, however, is 115 miles long, and is 45 miles longer than the direct route.

By paving Navajo Route 20, the detour would be cut almost in half.

ADOT said paving Navajo Route 20 will cost $28 million. The paving is slated to begin next month, and will hopefully be completed by early summer.

U.S. 89 has been closed north of Bitter Springs and south of Page since Feb. 20 because of a landslide that ruined the pavement. 

There is no timetable for reopening U.S. 89.