Arizona 89 Truck was established as a bypass of the Little Colorado River suspension bridge on US 89. The road shows in the Arizona State Highway Log as being paved in 1958. The low, one-lane bridge across the river shows in the highway log as being constructed in 1958, however it possibly dates back to 1911, before the construction of US 89.
The road is still shown in the current (2006) State Highway Log, but is closed to traffic. The road was added to the state highway system in 1975, well after the 1958 bridge was constructed.
Interestingly, the bridge on Arizona 89 Truck across the Little Colorado River shows in state highway logs from the 1940s and up to 1958, while the 1938 suspension bridge is not shown in the State Highway System Log.
||This map shows the general correlation between US 89 and former Arizona 89 Truck. Notice the three bridges across the Little Colorado River - the 1938 Suspension Bridge, now closed to traffic, and the 1958 Cantilever Bridge adjacent to each other, and the Arizona 89T bridge to the east.
||This view from the old highway, looking west, shows
the 1938 suspension bridge and the 1958 cantilever bridge
that carries US 89. 03/16/07 |
||The remains of SR 89T consist of a small, one lane
road. 03/16/07 |
||Looking north along the old road, we see the decaying
asphalt and post for a former road sign. 03/16/07 |
||At the north end, the road is closed by a gate with
a well-graffitied sign. 03/16/07 |
||SR 89T used to run parallel to the river, descending along the cliff to the Little Colorado River. 03/16/07 |
||This sign warns of the bridge, which is one lane wide
and wooden. This indicates that the road was possibly
constructed as part of the original US 89 construction
around 1927, with the bridge constructed in 1911. ADOT
records show the road constructed in 1958. 03/16/07 |
||The actual bridge has been closed off by the pile of
dirt in front of it. Notice the spray-painted Speed Limit
sign. 03/16/07 |
||This is a view of the low bridge across the Little Colorado
River. Notice the wooden curbs. 03/16/07 |
Page Updated 03-21-2007.