The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) will close the southbound lanes of Highway 87 at the junction of Highway 188 from 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12 to 5 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13.
Southbound traffic will be detoured on Highway 188 to US 60 in Globe during the closure. The closure is necessary to remove the crossover detour on the Highway 87 slope stabilization project. On May 12 the highway will be restored to two northbound and two southbound lanes.
ADOT closed the highway on March 21, 2008 following a landslide that occurred between Sunflower and Rye near Slate Creek. No one was injured, but the landslide caused sections of the highway’s southbound lanes to buckle and shift, creating an unsafe roadway. The highway was reopened March 27 with one lane in each direction, while construction crews continued making repairs.
In May, ADOT opened all lanes of traffic after substantial erosion control and drainage measures were implemented.