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Grand Canyon News Release

January 5, 2018


Additional South Rim Road Construction to begin Monday at South Entrance Road and Desert View Drive Intersection



Grand Canyon, AZ- As part of the 2018 Federal Highways Administration's South Rim Roads Improvement project, additional construction and detours will begin Monday, January 8 at the South Entrance Road and Desert View Drive (Arizona Highway 64 East) intersection. All services and facilities are open and accessible. Visitors and community members should add a few minutes to their driving time and follow detour signs, flaggers, and temporary stop lights.

South Entrance Road at Center Road will be closed to all northbound traffic. Northbound traffic on South Entrance Road will follow a detour along Center and Zuni roads to get to areas such as Grand Canyon Village, Mather Point, the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, and Desert View Drive. Southbound traffic from Desert View Drive and the Mather Point/Grand Canyon Visitor Center area will flow as normal.

During the first part of the roads improvement project, construction began January 2nd at the Hermit Road Interchange. Hermit Road remains open via a detour from Maswik Lodge. Traffic from the El Tovar Hotel to the west end of the Bright Angel Lodge parking lot is now two-way traffic. There is no street-side parking in that area for residents or visitors. The Village Route shuttle bus continues to operate with adjusted timetables and stops. Informational signs are posted at the bus stops.

All members of the community and public are welcome to stop by any time during an open house Wednesday, January 10, 2018 from 4 pm to 6 pm at the Shrine of Ages. There will be updates, information about next steps, and the opportunity to meet with the contractor and NPS staff about the 2018 South Rim Roads Improvement Project.

Additional updates about the South Rim Roads Improvement Project can be found at, on Twitter @GrandCanyonNPS, on Facebook at Grand Canyon National Park, or by signing up here to receive Grand Canyon National Park news releases in your inbox. A hotline (928-277-8010) is also available. Calls will be answered during construction work hours. During non-construction hours, the hotline will have a recorded message. This project is expected to last approximately nine months.

For more information and questions about this project, please contact Vicky Stinson, Grand Canyon National Park Project Manager, at 928-638-7364.