Reconstruction of landslide-damaged highway on track

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
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PAGE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Arizona Department of Transportation says work to reopen a closed section of U.S. 89 south of Page in extreme northern Arizona remains on track toward completion before the busy summer tourism season at Lake Powell.

Crews are rebuilding a section of the highway that was damaged by a landslide in early 2013 when a 500-foot section of roadway buckled two miles north of the highway's junction with U.S. 89A.

ADOT says there's been extensive blasting and removal of nearly 1 million cubic yards of material over many months and that workers this week started building the foundation for a newly realigned 1,500-foot section of the highway.

Since the closure, traffic has been diverted onto a former Navajo tribal highway that's been paved and designated as a temporary state highway.

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