Road, bus stop projects begin at Grand Canyon, south entrance; expect delays

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — Road construction at the South Entrance Station and Hermit Road in Grand Canyon National Park begins Monday meaning park visitors and local residents may experience short traffic delays or temporary closures.

Visitors and residents are asked by the park to obey all traffic control signs and directions and be alert for workers on the road.

At the South Entrance Station, work includes replacement of all the concrete paving in lanes two, three and four. Starting with lane four Monday, crews will work on one lane at a time to keep traffic flowing with minimal delays. Construction of each lane will take up to three and a half weeks, weather providing.

In addition to replacing the paving, the walkways between lanes will be also be paved and curb cuts added to facilitate barrier-free crossing for employees. The South Entrance Station construction should be complete by the end of November.

Work will begin on Hermit Road Sept. 28 to replace portions of the shuttle bus braking pads at all 10 shuttle bus stops. Work at each stop will take between two and three weeks. Some of the shuttle bus stops may closed during construction, and buses may not stop. The walking trails between bus stops will remain open, and the nearest adjacent stop will be open for buses.

The shuttle bus operates on Hermit Road through Nov. 30; starting Dec. 1, the road is open to private vehicles. After Dec. 1, road work will also occur at the Hermit Road interchange. When that construction begins, Hermit Road traffic will be diverted along Rowe Well Road. There may be short delays; however, one lane of traffic will always remain open.

The construction along Hermit Road is anticipated to be complete by mid-January, weather permitting.

Resources

  • About the project: Contact project manager Vicky Stinson at telephone 928-638-7364
  • About the free shuttle buses: See the Grand Canyon National Park website

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