MARBLE CANYON, Ariz. (KSAZ) - Highway 89 between Flagstaff and Page is closed due to a fatal crash and storm damage to the road.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety says the road is closed due to a deadly crash and road damage caused by heavy rain. ADOT officials say flooding caused late Wednesday byt the remnants of Rosa cut through a 30-foot section of the highway and through the earth beneath it.
TRAFFIC ALERT:— Dept. Public Safety (@Arizona_DPS) October 4, 2018
US 89 is closed due a fatal collision and road damage caused by extreme heavy rains. Southbound lanes are closed at the junction of US 89/SR 160. Northbound lanes are closed at Cameron. This will be an extended closure. pic.twitter.com/XBZQJuBdCf
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, the northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 89 are closed at Cameron and the southbound lanes are closed at U.S. 160.
US 89 closure: Because of storm damage, the highway is closed between Cameron and US 160. The alternate route will add about 190 miles via I-40, SR 87, SR 264 and US 160. Expect an extended closure to repair the road. #aztraffic pic.twitter.com/IgggjEl3WK— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) October 4, 2018
NEW INFORMATION * US 89 north of SR 64: The road is closed for a crash and because the rain washed it out. The southbound roadway is closed at MP 480 at US 160. The northbound roadway is closed at MP 467 at Cameron.— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) October 4, 2018
Expect a lengthy closure. #aztraffic pic.twitter.com/Mm1IJHX84y
An extended closure is expected and drivers are advised to use Interstate 40, State Route 87 and 264, and U.S. 160 to get around the closure.
These alternate routes will add about 190 miles to a driver's trip. ADOT officials say short-term repairs will be made to reopen the highway, with crews returning later with a project to make permanent repairs.
ADOT and DPS officials are also urging drivers to avoid using tribal roads through the area, even if a GPS device recommends another route, as most of the tribal roads in the area are dirt, and may have been damaged by the storm.