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Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway Closes Early Oct. 6 to Let Paint Dry

There MUST be a good punch line somewhere here… but I can’t think of it. Anyhow, heads-up on the 4:00 p.m. road closure on Wednesday, October 6th to allow the median lines to dry. There will be a handful of folks caught by surprise, unable to make the quick jaunt up to Bryce of the Grand Canyon they had planned so carefully… don’t be one of them! When the road crew lays down the paint, you know the construction must be approaching the finish line. Big thanks to all the folks on the road construction crew for spending long hours out on the east side this summer to make our roads more safe and comfortable to drive on! Zion National Park News Release September 29, 2010 For Immediate Release Erik De Groat 435-772-0180 Earlier Road Closure in Zion National Park on October 6 Superintendent Jock Whitworth has announced that the section of the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway within Zion National Park will close at 4 p.m. instead of 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 6, 2010. The earlier closure is necessary to allow road painting during daylight hours. The painting is installing a center line on the newly paved roadway on the … Continue reading

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Tunnel Fee Waiver Ends Monday, October 4th

For the last six weeks, Zion National Park has waived the tunnel fee for large or oversized vehicles. The waiver ends next Monday, signaling road construction is winding down. Hikers and canyoneers may also note the Canyon Overlook opens 10/4 as well, offering easier access to the Canyon Overlook Trail and the technical section Pine Creek. Zion National Park News Release September 28, 2010 For Immediate Release Erik De Groat 435-772-0180 Zion National Park to Reinstate Tunnel Fees Zion National Park Superintendent Jock Whitworth has announced that starting Monday, October 4, 2010 the park will reinstate the special use fee for large vehicles to travel through the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel. The tunnel fee has been temporarily waived since August 17th due to work on the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway Reconstruction Project. The Canyon Overlook parking lot, which has been closed due to the construction, will also open October 4th. The Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel was completed in 1930 and was not designed wide or tall enough to accommodate large vehicles in one lane. The park charges a $15 fee to vehicles 7 feet 10 inches wide or wider and/or 11 feet 4 inches tall or taller for two trips through the tunnel … Continue reading

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Zion Road Construction Update

Work on the East Zion and Switchback roads has been progressing.  They have started paving up the Switchbacks, and have been removing the surface in a few places in East Zion. Just recently, they have started working on the retaining wall at Tunnel West (ie, near the west entrance of the Tunnel), so that section is on single-lane control.  The IMPACT of this is that there are now THREE one-way sections on the road, and traversing the road (even when open) is slower than it has been.  It takes approximately 60 minutes from Canyon Junction to the East Entrance, or about 30 minutes longer than normal. Keyhole and Pine Creek canyons remain open, though parking may be challenging. Tom

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