Central District Projects

State Route 88 (Apache Trail)

Emergency Repairs – Fall 2017

The Arizona Department of Transportation is preparing to make emergency repairs to State Route 88 in the wake of damage caused by severe flooding in July. The highway was damaged in several locations between mileposts 196 and 220 following heavy rain, prompting Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to issue an emergency declaration. The declaration sought assistance from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to fund repairs that will restore the roadway, ensure it is safe for the traveling public and is able to withstand further damage in case of additional heavy rain.

The affected stretch of SR 88 between Apache Junction and Canyon Lake is open, but motorists should drive with care and watch for traffic cones next to storm-damaged areas along the highway.

Emergency work is scheduled to begin in mid-August and last approximately two months. For information about traffic restrictions, click the Traffic Alerts tab on this web page.

The safety improvement and pavement preservation project already planned on SR 88 between mileposts 203 and 220 will begin after emergency repairs are made.

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is planning a safety improvement and pavement preservation project along State Route 88 (Apache Trail) between mileposts 203 and 220 near Apache Junction in Maricopa County (Figures 1 and 2). The project will occur entirely on land managed by the US Forest Service in the Tonto National Forest.

The scope of work will consist of: 

  • Removing and replacing the pavement between MP 203 and MP 220, stabilizing the shoulders, paving existing and new turnouts and pullouts
  • Reconstructing the curves at the following locations:
    • Curve 1 – MP 203.40 to MP 203.60
    • Curve 2 – MP 204.24 to MP 204.36
    • Curve 3 – MP 204.43 to MP 204.53
    • Curve 4 – MP 206.32 to MP 206.50
    • Curve 5 – MP 208.20 to MP 208.50
    • Curve 6 – MP 210.40 to MP 210.50
  • Removing a large rock at MP 212.70
  • Repairing the eastbound approach the at Boulder Canyon Bridge
  • Repairing the concrete ford across Tortilla Creek near Tortilla Flat
  • Raising guardrail height to meet current standards
  • Adding new guardrail at the curve at MP 204.24 to shield the embankment fully
  • Installing new signs
  • Marking/striping the roadway

Construction is anticipated to begin in fall 2017 and last approximately 12 months. During rock removal activities at milepost 212.70, State Route 88 will be temporarily closed in both directions. Warning of road closure will be provided in Apache Junction, the SR 88/SR 188 junction at Roosevelt Lake, and at the SR 188/US 60 junction in Miami/Globe so motorists can use an alternate route. Single lane closures will be required during construction. Flaggers will be used to control traffic flow within the open lane. Contractor staging during construction will occur within designated staging areas only. No new right of way or easement is anticipated for the project.

For more information, email projects@azdot.gov or call 855.712.8530. If you would like to be notified via email when traffic alerts are issued, please subscribe to the State Route 88 email notification.

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Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ADOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. Persons that require a reasonable accommodation based on language or disability should contact ADOT’s Civil Rights Office at civilrightsoffice@azdot.gov. Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the accommodation.

De acuerdo con el título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964 y la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés), el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT por sus siglas en inglés) no discrimina por raza, color, nacionalidad, edad, género o discapacidad.  Personas que requieren asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por el idioma o por discapacidad deben ponerse en contacto con la Oficina de Derechos Civiles en civilrightsoffice@azdot.gov. Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más pronto posible para asegurar que el equipo encargado del proyecto tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.