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Arizona State Route 96

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State Route 96 marker

State Route 96
SR 96 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by ADOT
Length21.79 mi[1] (35.07 km)
Major junctions
West endOld Dick Road in Bagdad
  SR 97 south of Bagdad
East end CR 15 in Hillside
Highway system
SR 95SR 97

State Route 96 (SR 96), is an east–west, 21.79-mile-long (35.07 km) state highway in central part of the U.S. state of Arizona. It runs from Bagdad east to Yavapai County Road 15 (CR 15) near Hillside. The road was built in the late 1930s and logged as a state route from Bagdad to Hillside in 1962. The section from Bagdad to SR 97 was never officially part of the State Highway system, though the remainder of the highway was officially designated as such at the turn of the century.[2]

Route description[edit]

SR 96 begins at an intersection with Old Dick Road in Bagdad. Approximately four miles (6.4 km) to the east is a junction with SR 97, which heads south to meet U.S. Route 93 (US 93). From the SR 97 intersection, SR 96 heads east through a desert area. The roadway then turns southward, and after intersecting Santa Maria River Road, it crosses the Santa Maria River and turns slightly southeastward.[3] Through a hilly area, SR 96 turns eastward and passes through a series of hairpin turns. The highway ends at the west end of CR 15 at the intersection with Hillside Road. The road continues east as CR 15 (Bagdad Road) towards Prescott.[4]

The highway is maintained by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) who is responsible for constructing and maintaining highways in the state. As part of this role, ADOT surveys volumes of traffic on their highways. These surveys are most often presented in the form of annual average daily traffic (AADT), which is the number of vehicles that travel a road during an average day during the year. In 2009, ADOT calculated that an average of only 450 vehicles used the road daily at both termini.[5] No part of the highway has been listed in the National Highway System, a system of roads in the United States important to the nation's economy, defense, and mobility.[6]


A road connecting Bagdad to Hillside was built by 1939.[7] The road was logged into the state highway system in 1962, its extent defined from Hillside to Bagdad.[8][9] In 1981, a right-of-way was acquired for the improvement of approaches and bridges on the route.[10] In 2000, the portion of the route from SR 97 to its eastern terminus was officially added to the State Highway system.[2] Although some signage west of the SR 97 junction exists, that portion is not officially part of the state highway system.

Junction list[edit]

The entire route is in Yavapai County.

Bagdad0.000.00Old Dick RoadADOT signs this as the western terminus; road continues west as Main Street
4.016.45 SR 97 to US 93Begin state maintenance
21.7935.07 CR 15 / Hillside RoadEastern terminus; road continues east as CR 15 (Bagdad Road)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  •       Route transition


  1. ^ a b Arizona Department of Transportation. "2008 ADOT Highway Log" (PDF). p. 255. Retrieved April 8, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Right-of-Way Resolution 2000-05-A-045" (PDF). Arizona Department of Transportation. May 19, 2000. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  3. ^ Federal Highway Administration. "NBI Structure Number 0225". National Bridge Inventory. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  4. ^ Google (June 8, 2009). "Arizona State Route 96" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved June 8, 2009.
  5. ^ Arizona Department of Transportation. "State Highway Traffic Log" (PDF). p. 29. Archived (PDF) from the original on 13 April 2011. Retrieved March 29, 2011.
  6. ^ National Highway System (PDF) (Map). Arizona Department of Transportation. Archived (PDF) from the original on 13 April 2011. Retrieved March 7, 2011.
  7. ^ Road Map of Arizona (Map). Cartography by Arizona State Highway Commission. Arizona State Highway Department. 1939. Archived from the original on 3 June 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  8. ^ "Right-of-Way Resolution 1962--143". Arizona Department of Transportation. 1962. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  9. ^ Road Map of Arizona (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally. Arizona State Highway Department. 1963. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  10. ^ "Right-of-Way Resolution 1981-12-A-050". Arizona Department of Transportation. December 1981. Retrieved April 29, 2011.

External links[edit]

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