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|Landslide Closes Highway 87 South of Payson, Arizona
On Friday, 21 March 2008, a landslide near mile marker 224 closed State Route 87. The landslide – referred to as a rotational slump by geologists – buckled the southbound lane of the highway. As of Tuesday evening, 25 March, the road remains closed.
As ADOT engineers work to stabilize the slide-mass and safely reopen the road, AZGS geoscientists are establishing the geologic context through close examination, sampling, and mapping the landslide deposit and headscarp(s). The cooperation of the ADOT team greatly facilitated our work here.
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AZGS Preliminary Report on Highway 87 Landslide
USGS Report with Maps: Geology of the Kitty Joe Canyon Area, Mazatzal Mountains, Arizona
VIDEO: Highway 87 Reopens
PHOTOS: Highway 87 Landslide by AZGS Geologist Brian Gootee
Arizona Republic(3.26.08): Landslide impact on Rim Community economy
ADOT: Landslide Closes State Route 87
East Valley Tribune: Beeline Highway Section gets high-tech repair