Arches National Park on tap for road work in 2017

Updated Sep 3, 2016
National Park Service photo by Jacob W. Frank.National Park Service photo by Jacob W. Frank.

Arches National Park will get some much needed road work starting in early 2017, with most of the work taking place between March and October.

According to Deseret News, the major road construction project will have crews resurfacing, restoring and rehabilitating 26 miles of roads and pullouts in the park, and will require that Devils Garden campground be closed during that time.

According to the news agency, all paved roads will be pulverized and resurfaced, the railing at Courthouse Wash bridge will be replaced, pull-offs will be formalized, drainage work will be done near the entrance, a new entry lane will be built with a roundabout and a turnaround will be constructed at The Windows loop road.

Work on the entrance road may take six to eight weeks to complete. Park officials plan to do most of the work at night, but park visitors should expect delays and closures for much of the 2017 season. Devils Garden, Delicate Arch, and The Windows area trails may be closed temporarily during the construction to ensure visitor safety.

Construction information and updates will be posted on the Arches National Park website and social media pages. In addition, local businesses, visitors bureaus, and chambers of commerce will be informed as specific construction dates and plans are determined.