Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway to close for 2 half days to repair damage from July storm

This July 2018 file photo shows Zion-Mount Carmel Highway after mud and debris were cleared off from a storm, Zion National Park, July 11, 2018 | Photo courtesy of Zion National Park, St. George News

SPRINGDALE — Zion National Park officials announced Wednesday that the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway through the park, connecting state Route 9 between Springdale and Mt. Carmel Junction will be temporarily closed Sept. 5 and 6 from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. for emergency repairs to the asphalt roadway and historic road guard walls.

The roadway and guard walls were damaged in several places on July 11 when a monsoonal storm pounded the park with 3 inches of rain in three hours.

Read more: Riverside Walk, Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway reopen; other trails that suffered ‘major damage’ remain closed

The road repairs are necessary to help prevent further damage to these structures.

Alternate east and west routes are available via state Route 59 from Hurricane to Fredonia, Arizona, and state Route 14 from Cedar City to Long Valley Junction and U.S. Route 89.

All park facilities – including the visitor center, museum, campgrounds and shuttle buses – will be open and operating as normal in Zion Canyon.

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