Arizona State Route 87
|Maintained by ADOT|
|Length:||272.66 mi (438.80 km)|
|Existed:||1927 – present|
|South end:||SR 84 near Picacho|
| SR 202 in Chandler
US 60 in Mesa
SR 202 in Mesa
I-40 in Winslow
|North end:||SR 264 near Second Mesa|
The road that becomes Route 87 begins at Second Mesa, Arizona. It becomes a state route when it crosses the reservation boundary line and it ends at Interstate 10 exit 211, just south of Eloy, Arizona in the unincorporated town of Picacho.
Route 87 is known as the Beeline Highway from Payson through Fountain Hills to its terminus at McDowell Road, just north of Mesa. All of this portion of Route 87 is a four-lane highway. There is a stretch of road where the highway splits, taking different canyons through the Mazatzal Mountains south of Payson, near the junction with SR 188. The old alignment is currently the southbound lanes, while a new alignment was built for the northbound lanes. There is a stretch where the roads cross-over each other because of the difference in elevations of the two canyons.
Once it gets to Mesa, Route 87 is known as Country Club Drive, a major-arterial street, six lanes wide in most sections. It then enters Chandler where it becomes Arizona Avenue. The Chandler section of SR 87 is discontinuous, with most of Arizona Avenue being owned and maintained by the city except in the area surrounding Loop 202 (SanTan Freeway) and the stretch 1/4 mile south of Riggs Road to the southern city limits at Hunt Highway, where Route 87 resumes and proceeds southeasterly as a two-lane rural road through the Gila River Indian Community until it reaches Coolidge.
In Coolidge, Route 87 is known as Arizona Blvd. It finally ends 16 miles (26 km) south of Coolidge, near the unincorporated town of Picacho, Arizona. The original southern terminus was 1/2 mile to the north of I-10 at its junction with State Route 84 until 2004 when Route 87 was extended to serve the 1/2 mile decertified SR 84 stretch.
Route 87 is part of the National Highway System between I-10 and Payson. ADOT is currently studying a stretch of I-10 to widen and improve interchanges along its stretch from Tucson to Casa Grande, including the interchange with Route 87. Stretches of this road were formerly numbered as State Route 65 and State Route 166.
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|Pinal||I-10 – Tucson, Phoenix|
|SR 84 west|
|SR 287 west – Casa Grande||South end of SR 287 concurrency|
|Coolidge||SR 287 east – Florence||North end of SR 287 concurrency|
|SR 387 west to I-10|
|SR 187 south to I-10 – Casa Grande|
|SR 587 south to I-10|
|Maricopa||Chandler||Loop 202 (Santan Freeway)||1|
|Mesa||US 60 – Globe, Phoenix||1|
|Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway)||1|
|Gila||SR 188 – Roosevelt, Globe|
|Payson||SR 260 east – Heber, Show Low||South end of SR 260 concurrency|
|Coconino||SR 260 west – Camp Verde||North end of SR 260 concurrency|
|Navajo||Winslow||SR 99 east||South end of SR 99 concurrency|
|SR 99 west – Flagstaff||North end of SR 99 concurrency|
|I-40 – Flagstaff, Albuquerque|
|SR 264 – Tuba City, Keams Canyon|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- SR 87 is discontinuous throughout much of Chandler and Mesa, with most of Arizona Avenue being owned and maintained by the respective cities. The only portions where SR 87 exists in Chandler (under ADOT ownership) are from Hunt Highway to 1/4 mile south of Riggs Road, and the area surrounding Loop 202.
- Arizona Department of Transportation. "2008 ADOT Highway Log". Retrieved 2008-04-09.
- Arizona Department of Transportation Interstate 10 Corridor Study: Jct. I-8 to Tangerine Road. ADOT Interstate 10 Tucson District. Retrieved on:2012-03-10.