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Updated Aug 23, 2013 - 12:09 pm

Businesses suffer while US 89 undergoes repairs in N. Arizona

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Department of Transportation said it could be two years before repairs can be completed to U.S. 89 south of Page.

In the meanwhile, Lynette Davault with the Page Chamber of Commerce said the area's economy has taken a hit. Labor Day weekend, which typically does big business, is on the way. This year that's an unknown.

ADOT said work is progressing on a shorter detour route that should be open by the end of the month.

A section of U.S. 89 near Page in northern Arizona buckled in February. A Navajo Nation tribal road that runs parallel to the highway is being paved and when it opens it will eliminate the current 115-mile detour.

"A lot of people are finding alternate routes and bypassing us a bit. Most businesses are seeing declines. We're hanging in there," Davault said.

She said some Page businesses have had a 20 percent drop in sales.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

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