COCHISE COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Starting on Monday, Jan. 18, construction on roads begins at Chiricahua National Monument.
Construction will repair roadway areas that have been undercut due to repeated heavy floods, with work being done by Granite Construction and Intermountain Slurry Seal with oversight from the Federal Highways Administration.
Bonita Canyon Drive, the scenic road, will be closed just past Bonita Canyon Campground. No traffic will be allowed to go to Massai Point, Echo Canyon, Sugarloaf and Natural Bridge trailhead parking areas.
Walking along the road is not allowed. The road is expected to be closed for at least 30 days.
Additional work to replace culverts will happen between the entrance station and the visitor center. During construction work hours, visitors may experience delays due to one lane of traffic with a pilot car.
Later in the spring, the road surface will be chip sealed to protect the pavement. Throughout this construction project, park facilities including Bonita Canyon Campground, the Visitor Center and hiking trails will remain open.
Further questions or updates, please call the Chiricahua Visitor Center at (520) 824-3560 x0 or visit at www.nps.gov/chir.