State Route 69 in Arizona
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State Route 69 is a state route in the U.S. state of Arizona. The road connects the city of Prescott with Interstate 17 and is 55 kilometers long.
At Cordes Lakes, State Route 69 branches off from Interstate 17 out of Phoenix and then heads northwest through mountainous terrain. The entire road is designed as a 2×2 divided highway and runs between 1,300 and 1,700 meters above sea level. The road runs along the Prescott National Forest. The area is somewhat urbanized, with large villages and many scattered buildings. Prescott and Prescott Valley are two fairly large places. State Route 69 ends at downtown Prescott on State Route 89.
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The original route from Phoenix to Prescott was a little more westerly, via Bumble Bee and Mayer. This road is now a dirt road. Prescott is an important city in Arizona and was twice the capital of the Arizona Territory in the late 1800s. In the early 20th century, Prescott was only slightly smaller than Phoenix. State Route 69 was created in 1938 as a connection between Phoenix and Prescott. In the late 1960s, the route was shortened to Cordes Lakes, as Interstate 17 was completed.
State Route 69 is the main connection to the Prescott region. Prescott and Prescott Valley together have more than 80,000 residents and are the largest metropolitan region in the state that is not located on a highway. In the early 1990s, only a short stretch on the east side of Prescott had 2×2 lanes, the rest was single-lane. The road was widened to 2×2 lanes in the 1990s.
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Every day, 12,000 to 14,000 vehicles run between I-17 and Dewey and 32,000 to 37,000 vehicles between Prescott Valley and Prescott.
State Route 71 in Arizona
State Route 71 is a state route in the U.S. state of Arizona. The road forms a bypass of the Wickenburg region and is 39 kilometers long.
State Route 71 connects US 60 near the hamlet of Aguila with State Route 89 in the village of Congress, passing west and north of the town of Wickenburg. It also crosses US 93. The road is single-lane and runs through the desert, mainly through flat terrain, but there are some barren mountain ridges in the area.
State Route 71 was one of the original state routes of Arizona from 1927. State Route 71 originally ran between US 180 at Safford and US 60 at Eagar, a north-south route in eastern Arizona that is now formed by the US 191. In 1936 the number was assigned to the current route around Wickenburg. The road mainly handles through traffic from I-10 towards Prescott, eliminating the need to make the detour through Wickenburg.
Every day 500 vehicles drive between US 60 and US 93 and 500 vehicles between US 93 and Congress. State Route 71 is therefore very light.
State Route 72 in Arizona
State Route 72 is a state route in the U.S. state of Arizona. Connecting Parker to US 60 at Hope, the road is 59 miles long.
State Route 72 connects State Route 95 south of Parker and US 60 in the hamlet of Hope, thus serving as a bypass of Quartzsite and connecting traffic to the Colorado River valley. The road leads through the desert, there is only one village on the route, Bouse. The road goes around a mountain ridge.
State Route 72 was added to the network of state routes in Arizona in 1930, from US 60 to the California border at Parker. At the time, the road was an unpaved dirt road. Between 1935 and 1939 the section between Parker and Bouse was asphalted, and the section further to US 60 was asphalted in 1940. In the 1950s, the double numbering with State Route 95 was removed, so that State Route 72 no longer started on the border with California.
1,700 vehicles travel on State Route 72 every day.
State Route 73 in Arizona
State Route 73 is a state route in the U.S. state of Arizona. The road connects through the mountains in the east of the state, between Carrizo and Pinetop, two hamlets. State Route 73 is 75 miles long.
State Route 73 begins near the hamlet of Carrizo on US 60 and heads southeast first at about 1,600 feet. The mountains are not much higher at 1,900 to 2,000 meters. The only place on the route is the village of Whiteriver, although there are scattered buildings here and there. From Whiteriver, the road heads north and rises to a plateau at 2,200 meters, where the road ends near Pinetop on State Route 260.
State Route 73 was one of the original state routes of 1927, but it never gained much importance. The road opens up the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.
Every day, 700 to 1,000 vehicles drive between US 60 and Fort Apache and up to 10,000 vehicles through Whiteriver. This drops to 4,200 vehicles at Pinetop.