Arizona State Route 72

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State Route 72

SR 72 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by ADOT
Length36.74 mi[1] (59.13 km)
Major junctions
West end SR 95 near Parker
East end US 60 in Hope
CountryUnited States
Highway system
  • Arizona State Highway System
SR 71 SR 73
Arizona State Highway 72, just north of Hope, Arizona, looking north

State Route 72 (SR 72) is a 36.74-mile-long (59.13 km) state highway in the U.S. state of Arizona. It runs from SR 95 near Parker southeast to U.S. Route 60 (US 60) in Hope. Along its route in La Paz County, the highway is mostly parallel to the Arizona and California Railroad and runs through the community of Bouse in desert terrain. The route was established in 1930 from its current eastern terminus all the way to the California state line, but was truncated in 1965. The route was completely paved by 1940.

Route description

SR 72 begins at a T-intersection at which SR 95 turns from north–south to east–west south of Parker. The highway heads eastward into desert terrain. Turning southeastward, the route enters the town of Bouse, running parallel to the Arizona and California Railroad.[2] SR 72 enters Bouse as Broadway Avenue. As it runs through the community, the railroad to its northeast cuts most of the town in half, with a commercial areas both southwest and northeast of the roadway, but none along the railroad. Exiting Bouse, the highway enters an area dotted with farms spread among the desert, passing the communities of McVay and Utting. SR 72 crosses over the Central Arizona Project aqueduct southeast of McVay.[3] Near a junction with Vicksburg Road in Vicksburg, the railroad turns away from SR 72 as the roadway heads southeast. The route ends at a junction with US 60 near Hope.[4]

The highway is maintained by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), which 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 around 2,600 vehicles used the road daily near Bouse, and around 2,000 daily near Vicksburg.[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]


SR 72 was first established in 1930 from US 60[7] through Bouse to the California state boundary along the Colorado River at Parker, with a spur .[8] At the time, it was a dirt road.[9] Between 1935 and 1939, the section of the route from Parker to Bouse had been paved, as was a section slightly north of Vicksburg. The rest of the highway had been graveled at the time,[10][11] and was paved the next year.[12] In 1962, SR 72 was removed from the SR 95 junction near the southern city limit of Parker to the California state line.[13][14] This section was added as part of a northern extension of SR 95, with the section north of then-SR 172 becoming a spur of SR 95.[15] A section of the highway just east of the western terminus was widened in 2008.[16][17] A new traffic signal was installed at the SR 95 junction in 2010.[18]

Junction list

The entire route is in La Paz County.

0.000.00 SR 95 – Parker, Lake Havasu City, YumaWestern terminus; highway continues as SR 95 north
Hope36.7459.13 US 60 – Phoenix, BlytheEastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Roadway Inventory Management Section, Multimodal Planning Division (December 31, 2013). "2013 State Highway System Log" (PDF). Arizona Department of Transportation. p. 156. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  2. ^ Arizona Railroads (PDF) (Map). Cartography by Multimodal Planning Division. Arizona Department of Transportation. March 2007. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  3. ^ Federal Highway Administration. "NBI Structure Number 1405". National Bridge Inventory. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  4. ^ Google (May 16, 2011). "SR 72" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved May 16, 2011.
  5. ^ Arizona Department of Transportation. "State Highway Traffic Log" (PDF). p. 18–19. 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. ^ Condition Map of State Highway System (Map). Arizona Highway Department. 1931. Retrieved March 31, 2012.
  8. ^ "Right-of-Way Resolution 1930-P-48". Arizona Department of Transportation. December 2, 1930. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
  9. ^ Condition Map of the State Highway System (Map). Arizona Highway Department. 1931. Archived from the original on 3 June 2011. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
  10. ^ Road Map of Arizona (Map). Arizona State Highway Department. 1935. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
  11. ^ Road Map of Arizona (Map). Arizona State Highway Department. 1939. Archived from the original on 3 June 2011. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
  12. ^ Road Map of Arizona (Map). Arizona State Highway Department. 1940. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
  13. ^ Highway Map of Arizona and New Mexico (Map). H.M. Gousha. 1951. § D2. Retrieved March 31, 2012.
  14. ^ Road Map of Arizona (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally. Arizona State Highway Department. 1958. § F2. Retrieved March 31, 2012.
  15. ^ Arizona (Map). Cartography by Photogrammetry and Mapping Division. Arizona State Highway Commission. 1971. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
  16. ^ Mendez, Victor M. (March 21, 2008). "Right-of-Way Resolution 2008-03-A-006" (PDF). Arizona Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
  17. ^ Mendez, Victor M. (July 18, 2008). "Right-of-Way Resolution 2008-07-A-035" (PDF). Arizona Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
  18. ^ Halikowski, John S. (July 16, 2010). "Right-of-Way Resolution 2010-07-A-056" (PDF). Arizona Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 5, 2011.

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