Bush Highway (Arizona)

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Bush Highway
Harvey Bush Highway
Route information
Maintained by MCDOT and the City of Mesa
Length: 15.2 mi[3] (24.5 km)
20.6 mi (33.15 km) as Power Road[1]
Existed: 1934 (1934)[2] – present
Major junctions
South end: Power Road in Mesa
North end: SR 87 in Tonto National Forest
Location
Counties: Maricopa
Highway system

Bush Highway is a scenic highway in the US state of Arizona. It begins at the northern end of Power Road in Mesa and extends northeasterly through the Tonto National Forest to the Beeline Highway. The highway was named for local resident Harvey Grandville Bush in the 1930s.

The road continues south beyond its terminus as Power Road, a major road within the cities of Mesa, Gilbert, and Queen Creek.

Route description[edit]

Bush Highway begins at the northern end of Power Road at the northern boundary of Mesa and continues northward. Near the Salt River, the roadway turns to the northeast into Tonto National Forest. The highway runs over the Arizona Canal and past the Granite Reef Dam. The highway continues along the Salt River near its confluence with the Verde River and past Red Mountain. It crosses the river on the Blue Point Bridge, which is a location used traditionally as the start of tubing trips down the river. From there, the road continues northerly past the Stewart Mountain Dam and Saguaro Lake to connect with State Route 87 (Beeline Highway).[3][4]

History[edit]

The highway was named after Harvey Granville Bush, a Mesa lumberman. Construction on what was then called "The Harvey Bush Highway" began on March 21, 1933. The road opened to the public in 1934.[2][5]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Maricopa County.

Location mi[3][1] km Destinations[3][1] Notes
Chandler Heights 0.00 0.00 Hunt Highway
Gilbert 8.60 13.84 Loop 202 (Santan Freeway) Diamond interchange; exit 36 on Loop 202
Mesa 12.60 20.28 US 60 – Phoenix, Globe Diamond interchange; exit 188 on US 60
18.80 30.26 Loop 202 east Exit 23A on Loop 202
20.80
0.00
33.47
0.00
Power Road south Road transitions from Power Road to Bush Highway
Tonto National Forest 7.70 12.39 Bridge over the Salt River
11.20 18.02 FFH 206 (Saguaro Lake Road) – Saguaro del Norte
15.10 24.30 SR 87 – Phoenix, Payson Diamond interchange; exit 199 on SR 87
15.20 24.46 Tonto National Forest Dead end at a trailhead
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  •       Route transition

See also[edit]

Flag of Arizona.svg Arizona portal

Blank shield.svg U.S. Roads portal

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Google (January 18, 2016). "Power Road" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 18, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Ehrhardt, Tim (December 8, 2010). "A little highway history". The Payson Roundup. Retrieved December 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d Google (January 18, 2016). "Bush Highway" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 18, 2016. 
  4. ^ Stanley, John (February 15, 2008). "Scenic drive: Bush Highway". The Arizona Republic. Phoenix, AZ. Retrieved December 25, 2011. 
  5. ^ Brown, Stan (February 25, 2010). "The Story of Payson, Arizona". The Payson Roundup. Retrieved December 25, 2011. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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