Arizona State Route 87
|Maintained by ADOT, City of Chandler, City of Mesa|
|Length:||272.66 mi (438.80 km)|
|Existed:||1927 – present|
|South end:||I-10 near Picacho|
|North end:||SR 264 near Second Mesa|
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.
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.
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. 1959, it extended to Strawberry Junction. In 1967, it extended north over State Route 65 to its current terminus.
|Pinal||||114.82||184.78||I-10 east – Tucson||Interchange; ADOT signs this as southern terminus; I-10 exit 211|
|||Picacho||Interchange; southbound exit only|
||| I-10 west – Phoenix
SR 84 begin
|Interchange with I-10; no southbound entrance; I-10 exit 211B; eastern terminus of unsigned SR 84 segment|
|||115.77||186.31||SR 84 end / Casa Grande-Picacho Highway west||Begin state maintenance of SR 87; small overlap with unsigned segment of SR 84 connects immediately to I-10; 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||N/A1||Loop 202 (Santan Freeway)||Loop 202 exit 47|
|Mesa||172.45||277.53||US 60 (Superstition Freeway) – Globe, Phoenix||Former SR 360; US 60 exit 179|
|N/A1||Broadway Road||Partial interchange; access via northbound exit ramp and connector road|
|Loop 202 (Red Mountain Freeway)||Loop 202 exit 13|
|Gila||||235.69||379.31||SR 188 – Roosevelt, Globe|
|Payson||252.58||406.49||SR 260 east – Heber, Show Low||South end of SR 260 concurrency|
|Coconino||||278.51||448.22||SR 260 west – 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) – Flagstaff||One-way street; outbound access only; north end of SR 99 concurrency|
|345.76||556.45||I-40 (US 180) – Flagstaff, Albuquerque||I-40 exit 257|
|||406.04||653.46||SR 264 – Tuba City, Keams Canyon||Northern terminus|
|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 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.
- Arizona Department of Transportation. "2013 ADOT Highway Log" (PDF). Retrieved January 22, 2016.
- "Arizona 84". Arizona @ AARoads. AARoads. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
- 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.
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