This afternoon, U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., will join Arizona Department of Transportation officials on a tour of the U.S. Highway 89 collapse site in northern Arizona. The February landslide closed off a critical route that connects a number of rural and remote communities in Congressional District One and forced detours to and from the popular Page and Lake Powell tourism destinations.
Kirkpatrick, who is a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, wrote a letter in February urging the U.S. Department of Transportation to support ADOT's request for emergency assistance. In March, the federal agency released $2 million for initial emergency repairs and the process is moving forward. ADOT has a webpage that provides updates about U.S. 89 detours, repairs and other community information.
In addition to the U.S. 89 tour, Kirkpatrick will visit a Tuba City detention center and meet with educators and students at an elementary school in Bodaway-Gap. Today's visits will wrap up a weeklong tour across District One, which started Monday at the Marana Aerospace Solutions facility, the Marana Food Bank and the Sanofi-aventis Research Center in Oro Valley's Innovation Park.
On Tuesday, the congresswoman met with town leaders from Mammoth and Oracle and then traveled to San Manuel to visit with teachers and schoolchildren at First Avenue Elementary. On Thursday, she joined the Gila River Indian Community at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Phoenix Premium Outlets at Wild Horse Pass, and then traveled to the northern part of District One for a tour of the Arizona Oncology cancer center in Flagstaff and a meeting with the Tuba City Regional Healthcare group.
Congressional District One is a massive, mostly rural district that starts at the Arizona-Utah border, encompasses the state's northeastern regions and includes portions of Pinal and Pima counties in the south. Kirkpatrick has district offices in Flagstaff, Show Low, Globe, Casa Grande and Marana in order to properly serve District One constituents.