Plan for closure, detour of SR 80 between Benson, St. David

ADOT crews repairing soil erosion under roadway

Contributed Article/Courtesy ADOT

BENSON – Motorists should plan for an extended closure of State Route 80 between Benson and St. David while crews with the Arizona Department of Transportation work to repair soil erosion under the roadway.

The closure requires drivers to use SR 90 to the west of Benson and SR 82, which connects with SR 80 north of Tombstone. The detour adds about 20 miles to a trip.

The closure was put into place Monday afternoon when ADOT maintenance crews discovered repairs needing attention under the roadway. The SR 80 closure is about 5 miles south of Interstate 10 between mileposts 298-299, near Apache Power Road. There is no estimated time to complete repairs and reopen the highway.

The damage is a reminder that many factors can trigger unplanned closures that will require repairs before a roadway can safely reopen to traffic. Drivers should get road conditions at before traveling, or by checking with ADOT on Twitter, Facebook, or the ADOT Alerts app.