Actually, Arizona WANTED this highway because it gave them more taxable miles.
Prior to this, US-91 only went through about ten miles of Arizona...yet
they had to maintain it. Now, they have about 36 miles.AND....much
of Arizona is accessible through this route. Look at the map. Unless you go
through Kanab and Page AZ (with US-89 currently closed due to a landslide and
routed down 89-T, I-15 is your route. Arizona isn't hurting.
Arizona might want to consider fixing the road just south of Paige. It has been
out for a very long time and it has a very long detour. People going from
Arizona to Utah will have a tough time for 6 months. Fix work on Hwy 89 first,
then you won't have such a bottle neck trying to go north. Stupid not to
co ordinate work on both highways. That is unless Arizona doesn't want
people heading to Utah.
@Johnny Triumph - They probably hate it because it's used least by
Arizonians, and it's probably one of the more dangerous stretches in AZ
with all those winding turns. However, since it is part of the federal highway
system, it would have to get approval from the USDOT to make it a toll road;
they aren't keen on letting states charge tolls on federal highways.
AZ hates this stretch of road and has even considered making it a
tollroad...they're probably in not a huge rush to get the work completed