Repairs Begin Along Flood-Damaged 24-Mile Stretch of SR 88/Apache Trail

📅   Tue September 12, 2017 - West Edition #19


A two-month repair project is under way on a 24-mi. stretch of state Route 88 (Apache Trail) between Apache Junction and an area east of Canyon Lake.
(Arizona DOT photo)
A two-month repair project is under way on a 24-mi. stretch of state Route 88 (Apache Trail) between Apache Junction and an area east of Canyon Lake. (Arizona DOT photo)

A two-month repair project is under way on a 24-mi. stretch of state Route 88 (Apache Trail) between Apache Junction and an area east of Canyon Lake.

State Route 88 experienced structural erosion following heavy flooding on July 24. Gov. Doug Ducey issued an emergency declaration on July 28, paving the way for help from the Federal Highway Administration. Initial estimates to repair the road exceeded $800,000.

On Aug. 9, Gov. Ducey amended his initial declaration by adding additional roadway sections following further inspections by the Arizona Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration.

“As further damage has come to light, we want to make sure we are doing all we can to address them and keep this roadway safe,” said Gov. Ducey. “We'll continue to work with our federal partners to identify and make available all necessary resources for these repairs.”

Motorists should drive with caution and expect delays of up to 20 minutes as the Arizona Department of Transportation begins repairs to a flood-damaged stretch of state Route 88 (Apache Trail) between Apache Junction and the area east of Canyon Lake.

Work on the two-month project, which began Aug. 28, will occur between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays between mileposts 196 and 220. The highway will be narrowed to one lane in half-mile increments, with a pilot vehicle guiding drivers through the work zone.

Information on specific locations for repairs will be shared at azdot.gov/SR88 as it becomes available.

A safety-improvement and pavement-preservation project already planned on SR 88 between mileposts 203 and 220 is now scheduled to begin after emergency repairs are complete.