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Construction On Zion National Park Tunnels, Bridges Begins Sunday

Mar 31, 2021, 2:34 PM | Updated: 3:32 pm

The Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel. (Zion National Park/Twitter)...

The Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel. (Zion National Park/Twitter)

(Zion National Park/Twitter)

SPRINGDALE, Utah – A traffic reminder for folks heading south for spring break as construction on the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway Tunnel and Bridge Preservation Project begins Sunday.

The work starts at 7 p.m. and will go on for 50 consecutive days. Crews will work overnight starting at 7 p.m. and ending at 5 a.m. the following morning. It will include full closure to traffic in the tunnels, beginning at 10 p.m.

The work will pause on the weekends.

The project was created to preserve historic landmarks and update them for traffic safety.

A news release said in 2017, bridges and tunnels along the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway were checked out for safety. Inspectors said the bridges and tunnels are safe, but attention was recommended to increase their life span and avoid more involved construction in the future.

The main goals include general maintenance, historic preservation and updating traffic safety devices, according to the release.

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Construction On Zion National Park Tunnels, Bridges Begins Sunday