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Search continues for clues to U.S. 89 failure

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 20th, 2013

A team including geo-technical engineers from the Arizona Department of Transportation on March 13 provided local media a tour of the damaged area of U.S. Highway 89.

That evening they would update Page city council on the work taking place at the site.

With the stability of the area still in question, ADOT officials stressed safety, including mainting a strict sign-in/sign-out policy to keep constant count of who was be on the work site.

Inside the entry gate, still several yards from the actual work site, a set of concrete barriers had been set up. Yet the site had five security breaches in one weekend alone, according to ADOT’s Matt Burdick.

Safety vests and hard hats were distributed as the tour approached the work site.

Robert Samour, senior deputy state engineer, said, “Every 100 feet there is an air horn. If you hear it, get to the safety zone. There is one up the hill and one down the hill. If you see something, don’t hesitate to use one.”

Samour explained multiple projects are underway to locate where the landslide occurred, if the land is still moving underground or on the surface, and determine the general stability of the slope.

For the complete article see the 03-20-2013 issue.

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