Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Update: Peshlakai continues to advocate for Highway 89 detour

Update: Peshlakai continues to advocate for Highway 89 detour

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Since a landslide damaged a portion of Highway 89 in February, Rep. Jamescita Peshlakai, D-Cameron (District 7), has advocated for emergency funding to repair the damaged highway and to create a detour by paving Navajo Route 20.

Good news came recently from the Arizona Transportation Board. The board approved funding to pave Navajo Route 20 for use as a detour that will reconnect the communities affected by the landslide to the rest of the state. Peshlakai issued this statement following the announcement from the board:

“I am glad that the concerns of the communities are being addressed by the Arizona Transportation Board. We should be working with the Navajo Nation and other communities to make this bypass route a safe alternative. Highway 89 is the primary corridor for the delivery of many goods. It is used to transport everything from groceries to gasoline in the area. Navajo Route 20, which runs from Highway 89 to Page, is an obvious alternative. By restoring connectivity to Page and the Lake Powell region, we are supporting economic activity in the region and in the state. I have consistently heard from people in the communities of Lechee, Coppermine, Gap-Bodaway and the Western Navajo Agency that basic improvements to Navajo Route 20 would address the fundamental needs of many Arizonans. As such, I have been an advocate for paving Navajo Route 20 for years, and I will continue that effort. I stand ready to help this process in any way that I am asked.”


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