Arizona State Route 87
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Arizona State Route 87

State Route 87 marker

State Route 87
Route information
Maintained by ADOT, City of Chandler, City of Mesa
Length 272.66 mi[1] (438.80 km)
Existed 1927 - present
Major junctions
South end near Picacho
North end near Second Mesa
Highway system

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

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][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. 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

County Location mi[1] km Exit Destinations Notes
Pinal 114.82 184.78 east - Tucson Interchange; ADOT signs this as southern terminus; I-10 exit 211
Picacho Interchange; southbound exit only
west - Phoenix
Interchange with I-10; no southbound entrance; I-10 exit 211B; eastern terminus of unsigned SR 84 segment
115.77 186.31 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
125.92 202.65 west - Casa Grande South end of SR 287 concurrency
Coolidge 134.75 216.86 east - Florence North end of SR 287 concurrency
141.48 227.69 west to
146.06 235.06 south to  - Casa Grande
county line
159.70 257.01 south to Former
Maricopa Chandler N/A1 (Santan Freeway) Loop 202 exit 47
Mesa 172.45 277.53 (Superstition Freeway) - Globe, Phoenix Former ; US 60 exit 179
N/A1 Broadway Road Partial interchange; access via northbound exit ramp and connector road
(Red Mountain Freeway) Loop 202 exit 13
199.15 320.50 199 Bush Highway Interchange
Gila 235.69 379.31  - Roosevelt, Globe
Payson 252.58 406.49 east - Heber, Show Low, Holbrook South end of SR 260 concurrency
Coconino 278.51 448.22 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 south South end of SR 99 concurrency
Winslow 342.16 550.65 (2nd Street) One-way street; inbound access only
north (3rd Street) - Flagstaff One-way street; outbound access only; north end of SR 99 concurrency
345.76 556.45  - Flagstaff, Albuquerque I-40 exit 257
406.04 653.46  - Tuba City, Keams Canyon Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  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 2016. 
  2. ^ "Arizona 84". Arizona @ AARoads. AARoads. Retrieved 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

Route map: Google

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