Resurfacing to be done on Zion roads

Published on September 09, 2013 at 12:24PM

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Starting next Monday, September 16, Zion National Park will start to resurface its famous red roads. The construction will start at the South Entrance and it will travel the 1.4 mile section of the main park highway from the South Entrance to the junction with the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. It will also go the six miles from the Scenic Drive to the temple of Sinawava. The project is expected to take around two weeks to finish, as long as the weather cooperates. They also won’t work over the weekends. The shuttles buses will continue to operate during the fine tuning of the road. Travelers will have to travel on a one lane road and should expect delays of 15 to 30 minutes. Traffic control will also assist in the traveling. The resurfacing also involves chip sealing, which involves coating the road with a combo of oil and rock chips. Local red cinders are used to create Zion’s signature red roads. The chips also have to stay on the road for two to three weeks before it can be swept away. During this time we are warned to watch out for slick roads, especially for bikers and motorists. We are also told not to go to fast in our vehicles so that the chips don’t fly up and damage windshields. The temple of Sinawava will also be closed on September 18 as well as a few other days of certain parts of the park being closed.