Arizona State Route 87

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State Route 87 marker

State Route 87
SR 87 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by ADOT, City of Chandler, City of Mesa
Length272.66 mi[1] (438.80 km)
Major junctions
South end I-10 near Picacho
North end SR 264 near Second Mesa
Highway system
  • Arizona State Highway System
SR 86SR 88

State Route 87 (SR 87) is a north–south road that travels from I-10 near Picacho northward to SR 264 near Second Mesa.

Route description[edit]

The road that becomes SR 87 begins at Second Mesa. It becomes a state route when it crosses the reservation boundary line and it ends at Interstate 10 exit 211, just south of Eloy in the unincorporated town of Picacho.

SR 87 is known as the Beeline Highway from Payson through Fountain Hills to McDowell Road, just north of Mesa. This portion of SR 87 is entirely 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, SR 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 Mesa and Chandler sections of SR 87 are discontinuous, with most of these sections between McKellips Road in Mesa and Cloud Road in Chandler being owned and maintained by their respective cities. South of the junction with SR 587, SR 87 proceeds southeasterly as a two-lane rural road through the Gila River Indian Community until it reaches Coolidge.

In Coolidge, SR 87 is known as Arizona Boulevard. It finally ends 16 miles (26 km) south of Coolidge, near the town of Eloy. Officially, the southern terminus is 0.95 miles (1.53 km) to the north of I-10 at a junction with an unsigned orphan segment of State Route 84. This serves as a direct connection to I-10.[2][self-published source?][1]

SR 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 SR 87.[3]


SR 87 was designated in 1924 from Casa Grande to Mesa. In 1927, it was rerouted to end in Eloy, and the old route was renumbered AZ 187. In 1959, it extended to Strawberry Junction. In 1967, it extended north over State Route 65 to its current terminus.

Notable destinations along SR 87 include the Mogollon Rim and Tonto Natural Bridge.


Major intersections[edit]

PinalPicacho114.82184.78 I-10 – Phoenix, TucsonADOT signs this as southern terminus; I-10 exit 211
PicachoClosed interchange; was southbound exit only
Eastern terminus of unsigned SR 84 segment
115.77186.31SR 84 west / Casa Grande-Picacho Highway westBegin state maintenance of SR 87; western end of unsigned SR 84 concurrency; Casa Grande-Picacho Hwy. is former SR 93
125.92202.65 SR 287 west – Casa GrandeSouth end of SR 287 concurrency
Coolidge134.75216.86 SR 287 east – FlorenceNorth end of SR 287 concurrency
141.48227.69 SR 387 west to I-10
146.06235.06 SR 187 south to I-10 – Casa Grande
county line
159.70257.01 SR 587 south to I-10Former SR 93
MaricopaChandlerN/A1 Loop 202 (Santan Freeway)Loop 202 exit 47
Mesa172.45277.53 US 60 (Superstition Freeway) – Globe, PhoenixFormer SR 360; US 60 exit 179
N/A1Broadway RoadPartial interchange; access via northbound exit ramp and connector road
Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway)Loop 202 exit 13
199.15320.50199Bush HighwayInterchange
Gila235.69379.31 SR 188 – Roosevelt, Globe
Payson252.58406.49 SR 260 east – Heber, Show Low, HolbrookSouth end of SR 260 concurrency
Coconino278.51448.22 SR 260 west – Cottonwood, Camp VerdeNorth end of SR 260 concurrency
290.45467.43 CR 3 north (Lake Mary Road) – Flagstaff
Navajo340.94548.69 SR 99 southSouth end of SR 99 concurrency
Winslow342.16550.65 SR 99 (2nd Street)One-way street; inbound access only
SR 99 north (3rd Street west) – FlagstaffOne-way street; outbound access only; north end of SR 99 concurrency; no northbound access
345.76556.45 I-40 (US 180) – Flagstaff, AlbuquerqueI-40 exit 257
406.04653.46 SR 264 – Tuba City, Keams CanyonNorthern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  •       Closed/former
  •       Concurrency terminus


  1. SR 87 is discontinuous throughout much of Chandler and Mesa, with most of it being owned and maintained by these respective cities. A 1.5 mile ADOT-owned segment north of the Western Canal and south of Baseline Rd is the city limits separating Mesa (west side) from Gilbert (north east side) and Chandler (south east side). The only major portions where SR 87 technically exists wholly inside Mesa city limits (under ADOT ownership) is the area surrounding US 60 and then a short length south of the SR 202 Red Mountain Freeway north of McKellips Rd.


  1. ^ a b c Arizona Department of Transportation. "2013 ADOT Highway Log" (PDF). Retrieved January 22, 2016.
  2. ^ "Arizona 84". Arizona @ AARoads. AARoads. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
  3. ^ Arizona Department of Transportation Interstate 10 Corridor Study: Jct. I-8 to Tangerine Road Archived July 2, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. ADOT Interstate 10 Tucson District. Retrieved on:2012-03-10.

External links[edit]

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