The next phase of road improvements within the South Rim area of the Grand Canyon are set to take place at the start of next week. Tourists should be aware that the South Rim roads improvement project is expected to fully close several intersections to and from Grand Canyon Village starting on Sunday.
Visitors and residents should know that while all facilities and park services will be accessible, there will be delays and new traffic flow patterns that affect commutes. Motorists should be alert and watch for flaggers, detour signs, and temporary stop lights that will present along the roads. Drivers should also slow down and be extra mindful within construction zones.
This phase of construction will close down the South Entrance Road/Village Loop Drive intersection and the South Entrance Road/Zuni Way intersection. A detour on Center Road will help direct the flow of traffic to and from Grand Canyon Village.
The traffic on South Entrance Road is restricted southbound between the Grand Canyon Visitor Center and Center Road. All the traffic heading toward the visitor center will be directed along a detour on Center and Market Plaza roads. Drivers heading to the visitor center or Desert View Drive from the South Entrance Station will have to take a detour on Center and Market Plaza Roads.
If that is too much of a hassle to drive, shuttle buses will still be in operation but will have a few stops and times altered in some locations. All the bus stops will have walking directions, maps, and other information available to visitors, but it should be known that the Village Route stops at Shrine of Ages and at Village East will not be in operation during this phase of construction.
If there are any other questions, visitors and locals alike can visit the National Parks Service website. They can also follow the parks on social media on Twitter @GrandCanyonNPS and on Facebook at Grand Canyon National Park to ask questions and get up-to-date information on closures or changes. There is also a hotline at (928) 277-8010 which is available during construction work hours. Stay informed.