Friday, 22 February 2013

Huge sinkhole appears in highway near Page, Arizona

The collapse of a portion of U.S. 89 south of Page on Wednesday has forced the indefinite closure of the highway going both directions, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

U.S. 89 is the main road connecting Page to Flagstaff and the Valley. More than 120 feet of the highway has sunk nearly 4 feet just south of Page in the Navajo Nation, according to Dustin Krugel of ADOT.

Apparently two cars were effected when it happened, but there were no serious injuries.

The roads will be repaired as soon as officials determine the extent of the damage, according to Timothy Tait of the Arizona Department of Transportation.

According to  Leland Yellowhorse, who works in a business in the area, the necessary detour can take up to two hours.  He has traveled Arizona 89 to and from the Valley several times and said it seemed fine before the collapse.

“I didn’t think it wasn’t safe,” Yellowhorse said. “I know it isn’t now.”


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