The park announcement by Superintendent Jock Whitworth said the crews will paint a center line on the newly paved roadway on the east side of Zion National Park. For an accurate line to be painted, adequate daytime light is necessary when temperatures are 50-degrees or warmer for the paint to dry properly. The temperatures at night and morning hours are too cold at the 5.100' - 5,700' elevation for the paint to be applied. These factors and lighter traffic in the late afternoon made the closure time easy to determine for traveler safety and completion. If it rains that Wednesday, then the roadway stripping date will be rescheduled.
Whitworth said the west side of the park roadway project and final sealing of the road will require additional closures later in October. Dates for those closures will be announced later when determined, he said.
The road will close at the park’s East Entrance and at the junction of the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive at 4:00PM on October 6. All vehicles must be out or moving out of the construction closure area at that time. Any unattended vehicle left unattended (parked) in the construction closure zone will not be allowed to move until the paint has cured.
The Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway is closed to all vehicles 8:00PM to 8:00AM, Sunday through Thursday nights. The road is open to passenger cars 8:00AM to 8:00PM Monday through Thursday and all times from Friday at 8:00AM to Sunday at 8:00PM. Hours for large vehicles 7 feet 10 inches wide or wider and/or 11 feet 4 inches tall or taller are currently 8:00AM to 6:00PM daily.
Alternate routes for travelers between US Highway 89 and Zion Canyon are Utah SR 59 from Hurricane to Arizona SR 389(1.5 hours—good for large vehicles); Utah SR 14 from Cedar City to Long Valley Junction (2 hours—steep grades/curves); or from I-15 to Utah SR 20 (2 hours—good for large vehicles).
For current information on the Zion-Mt Carmel Highway construction go to Zion Construction or call (435) 772-3256.