Today, U.S. Representative Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation in support of the Arizona Department of Transportation's request for emergency relief funds to repair significant damage to U.S. Highway 89. The photo below from ADOT shows a portion of the recent damage to U.S. 89, a major route connecting rural communities throughout Arizona's Congressional District One:
February 25, 2013
Arizona Division Administration
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
4000 N. Central Avenue, Suite 1500
RE: Slope Failure on U.S. 89
Dear Ms. Petty:
I am writing to you in support of the Arizona Department of Transportation's request for emergency relief funds under Title 23, U.S.C. Section 125 in repairing damages to U.S. Highway 89 at MP 225. This highway is a major junction connecting a number of rural and remote communities in my district.
The damage to this section of U.S. 89 has a direct impact on local businesses, schools and families. The resulting delays have lengthened children's bus rides between home and school by up to an hour each way. The closure has altered emergency-response routes and operations for regions such as Marble Canyon, Bitter Springs and Bodaway. It has affected employers and employees of Page-based businesses and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. And it has increased the cost of supply deliveries and gas in the region.
I am very concerned about the short- and long-term impact of the damage to U.S. 89. Please keep my office informed about any progress made in requesting these emergency funds.
The Honorable Ann Kirkpatrick
U.S. Representative, Arizona District One