What you need to know
As you may know, US 89 is closed approximately 25 miles south of Page, Arizona due to the highway buckling after a landslide in early 2013.
The Arizona Department of Transportation has now opened the newly paved Temporary US 89 route (US 89T). This road parallels US 89 from The Gap to LeChee and is accessibe via US 89 about 17 miles north of the US 160 junction (Tuba City exit).
When traveling on US 89T, ADOT urges motorists to slow down, pay attention to their surroundings and be aware that this roadway on the Navajo Nation is prone to animal crossings, including horses, goats, cows and dogs.
By paving US 89T, the detour route travel time was cut in nearly half and is similar in length to the closed US 89 route.
Getting to Page has never been faster and this path across Navajo Nation land on Navajo Highway 20 has rarely been seen by outsiders. Highway 89 traffic is closed at the intersection of 89 and 89A. The new route on 89T is approximately 30 miles south of that closure. The intersection is easy to find – it is in the small Navajo community of Gap approximately 25 miles north of Cameron. Highway 89T is maintained by the Arizona Department of Transportation as a regular state highway open 24 hours a day with no travel restrictions.
Stay tuned for updated information and read more on ADOT's website.