Arches to begin daytime road construction
by Rose Egelhoff
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Visitors to Arches National Park can expect traffic delays of up to 30 minutes due to road construction starting on Monday, Oct. 30. 
						           Photo courtesy NPS
Visitors to Arches National Park can expect traffic delays of up to 30 minutes due to road construction starting on Monday, Oct. 30. Photo courtesy NPS

Visitors to Arches National Park can expect more traffic delays in the park starting on Monday, Oct. 30 as the park begins daytime road construction work. Delays will be limited to 30 minutes per lane closure according to an Oct. 13 press release.

Nighttime construction work will continue through Monday, Nov. 13. Until then, park roads will be closed from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights. After Nov. 13, construction crews will work exclusively during the day.

Up to 12 asphalt trucks per hour will travel through Moab into the park while nighttime construction continues. The press release states that truck traffic will decrease once daytime construction begins on Oct. 30.

“The switch to daytime hours is because the temperatures are cool enough at night that they retard the curing of the asphalt … if they put the material out at night in the cold, it may not be ready for people to drive on the next day,” said Kate Cannon, superintendent of the Southeast Utah Group of National Parks, which includes Arches.

Crews have been working on resurfacing, restoring and rehabilitating 23 miles of roads and pullouts throughout the park since March. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of November or early December.

The park is currently open 7 a.m. Monday through Friday, with a 7 p.m. closing time Sunday through Thursday nights. The park is additionally open on weekends from 7 a.m. Friday until 7 p.m. Sunday. The visitor center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Park Avenue and Courthouse Towers are open as of Friday, Oct. 20. Devils Garden Campground remains closed until road construction is complete in November or December. Water remains unavailable at the Devils Garden Trailhead and picnic area until Nov. 4 due to the replacement of a water tank.

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