Arizona State Route 86

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State Route 86 marker

State Route 86
Route information
Maintained by ADOT
Length: 118.11 mi[1] (190.08 km)
Existed: 1930 – present
Major junctions
West end: SR 85 in Why
  I‑19 in Tucson
East end: I‑10 in Tucson
Highway system
  • State Routes in Arizona
SR 85 SR 87

State Route 86 (or SR 86) is a state highway in southern Arizona that stretches from its junction with State Route 85 in Why east to its junction with Business Interstate 19 in Tucson. It formerly went east to the New Mexico border near Lordsburg, but this eastern segment has been superseded by Interstate 10. SR 86 is the primary east–west highway through the Tohono O'odham Nation. Note that this route is commonly blocked off by US Department of Homeland Security Border Patrol Agents to perform random searches of vehicles, due to its proximity to the Mexico border.

Route description[edit]

The western terminus of SR 86 is located at a junction with SR 85 in Why. From this intersection, the highway heads southeast, but curves towards the east as it enters the Papago Indian Reservation. It continues towards the east passing through the communities of Schuchuli, Gunsight, Wahak Hotrontk, Plato Vaya, Covered Wells before curving towards the southeast near Quijotoa. It continues southeast until curves towards the east in Sells. It curves towards the northeast near Little Tucson and curves back to the east near San Pedro. The highway curves towards the northeast just prior to leaving the reservation. SR 86 curves towards the east as it enters Tucson. In Tucson, the highway continues east to an interchange with I-19 and continues past the Interstate to its eastern terminus at an intersection with 16th Avenue.[1][2]

Junction list[edit]

The entire route is in Pima County.

Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
  0.00 0.00 SR 85 – Lukeville, Ajo
  81.01 130.37 SR 386Kitt Peak
  97.11 156.28 SR 286 – Sasabe
Tucson 117.88 189.71 I‑19 to I‑10 – Nogales, Phoenix, El Paso
118.11 190.08 16th Avenue
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


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