Arizona State Route 87
|Maintained by ADOT, City of Chandler, City of Mesa|
|Length||272.66 mi (438.80 km)|
|South end||I-10 near Picacho|
|North end||SR 264 near Second Mesa|
|Counties||Pinal, Maricopa, Gila, Coconino, Navajo|
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SR 87 begins 0.95 miles (1.53 km) to the north of I-10 at a junction with an unsigned orphan segment of SR 84, which serves as a direct connection to I-10 at Exit 211. SR 87 travels north for 16 miles (26 km) toward Coolidge, passing by the town of Eloy. In Coolidge, SR 87 is known as Arizona Boulevard.
The highway leaves Coolidge heading northwest and travels as a two-lane rural road through the Gila River Indian Community until it reaches a junction with SR 587 on the border between the Gila River Indian Community and Chandler. North of this junction, SR 87 travels along Arizona Avenue in Chandler, intersecting Loop 202 before entering Mesa and becoming Country Club Drive. The highway then intersects with U.S. 60 and SR 202 for a second time, before leaving Mesa as the Beeline Highway. 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. A 1.5-mile (2.4 km) ADOT-owned segment north of the Western Canal and south of Baseline Road forms the city limits separating Mesa from Chandler, and also the city limits separating Gilbert from Mesa. 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 Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway north of McKellips Rd.
SR 87 is known as the Beeline Highway from McDowell Road, just north of Mesa, passing by Fountain Hills and to Payson. 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.
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.
|Location||Strawberry Junction to Second Mesa|
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. By 1983, almost half of the Beeline Highway, between Mesa and Payson, had already been widened to either three or four lanes; in 1989, work began to convert the entire highway to four lanes, and was completed in 2001.
|Pinal||Picacho||114.82||184.78||I-10 – Phoenix, Tucson||ADOT signs this as southern terminus; I-10 exit 211|
|Picacho||Closed interchange; was southbound exit only|
|Eastern terminus of unsigned SR 84 segment|
|115.77||186.31||SR 84 west (Casa Grande-Picacho Highway west)||South end state maintenance of SR 87; western end of unsigned SR 84 concurrency; Casa Grande-Picacho Hwy. is former SR 93|
|||125.92||202.65||SR 287 west – Casa Grande||South end of SR 287 concurrency|
|Coolidge||134.75||216.86||SR 287 east – Florence||North end of SR 287 concurrency|
|||141.48||227.69||SR 387 west to I-10|
|||146.06||235.06||SR 187 south to I-10 – Casa Grande|
|||159.70||257.01||SR 587 south to I-10||Former SR 93|
|Maricopa||Chandler||161.18||259.39||Cloud Road||North end state maintenance|
|N/A||Loop 202 (SanTan Freeway)||Loop 202 exit 47|
|Chandler–Mesa line||170.20||273.91||Bridge over Western Canal|
South end state maintenance
|Gilbert–Mesa line||171.75||276.40||Baseline Road||North end state maintenance|
|Mesa||172.33||277.34||Iron Avenue||South end state maintenance|
|172.45||277.53||US 60 (Superstition Freeway) – Globe, Phoenix||Former SR 360; US 60 exit 179|
|172.57||277.72||Holmes Avenue||North end state maintenance|
|N/A||Broadway Road||Partial interchange; access via northbound exit ramp and connector road|
|176.74||284.44||McKellips Road||South end state maintenance|
|Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway)||Loop 202 exit 13|
|Gila||||235.69||379.31||SR 188 south – Roosevelt, Globe|
|Payson||252.58||406.49||SR 260 east – Heber, Show Low, Holbrook||South end of SR 260 concurrency|
|Coconino||||278.51||448.22||SR 260 west – Cottonwood, Camp Verde||North end of SR 260 concurrency|
|||290.45||467.43||CR 3 north (Lake Mary Road) – Flagstaff|
|Navajo||||340.94||548.69||SR 99 south||South end of SR 99 concurrency|
|Winslow||342.16||550.65||SR 99 (2nd Street)||One-way street; inbound access only|
|SR 99 north (3rd Street west) – Flagstaff||One-way street; outbound access only; north end of SR 99 concurrency; no northbound access|
|345.76||556.45||I-40 (US 180) – Flagstaff, Albuquerque||I-40 exit 257|
|Second Mesa||406.04||653.46||SR 264 – Tuba City, Keams Canyon||Northern terminus|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
- Arizona Department of Transportation. "2013 ADOT Highway Log" (PDF). Retrieved January 22, 2016.
- 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.
- Arizona Department of Transportation Research Center (December 2011). "Arizona Transportation History" (PDF). Retrieved February 16, 2021.
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