May 24, 2010, For Immediate Release
Erik DeGroat 435-772-0180, 10-22
A road reconstruction project on the Zion-Mt Carmel Highway in Zion National Park will begin June 1, 2010, and is scheduled to end by October 28. This historic road, officially opened in 1930, has had no major work since then and now needs major reconstruction. When completed, the project will provide an improved, stabilized, and safer road for over two million visitors annually. Superintendent Jock Whitworth said, “Zion Canyon, the most visited area of the park, and its famous trails and attractions will remain open and accessible. Zion National Park will be open for the duration of the project.”
Starting June 7, delays and closures in the construction zone will occur Monday through Friday, with traffic control possible at all other times. This is a change from the previously announced construction schedule. People travelling to Zion National Park on SR 9 from Interstate 15 will be able to access Zion Canyon’s attractions and facilities and the businesses in Springdale without being in the construction area. Only travel between US 89 and Zion Canyon will be affected.
For updated information, Call 435-772-3256 (press 1, then 4) or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/zion.