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The Department Of Transportation Awards $19.3-Million Toward The Highway 89 Post-Wildfire Resiliency Project

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced an award of $19.3-million to the Coconino County Flood Control District that would go toward the district’s Highway 89 Post-Wildfire Resiliency Project. This project will consist of a crossing beneath Highway 89 to convey flows through the Government Tank Flood Corridor and expanding the Copeland Detention Facility. The later project supports improved flood mitigation systems west of the highway and reduces impacts to Highway 89 and downstream neighborhoods. The Pipeline Fire damaged eight watersheds above the Highway 89 corridor near Flagstaff, resulting in increased rainfall discharge up to 26 times greater than pre-fire conditions. This has caused severe and repetitive post-wildfire flooding in the corridor. During the 2022 monsoon season, Highway 89 was forced to close 13 separate times due to flooding, with the shortest detour available leading travelers 136 miles through remote, rural roads.