Construction projects may impact visitors to Saguaro National Park

Construction projects may impact visitors to Saguaro National Park

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - There are three construction projects that may impact what visitors see and do at Saguaro National Park, both east and west districts.

According to a recent release the first project is the installation of a traffic monitoring system on Picture Rocks Road, in Saguaro National Park (west).  The first counter will be installed near the Can-boh Picnic area from July 18 to July 22, as well as near the junction with Golden Gate Road from July 25 to July 29.  While crews work to install counters, Picture Rocks Road will be reduced to a single lane.  Additional counters will be placed along Kinney Road later this summer. These Traffic Monitoring Systems help SNP understand traffic patterns within the park.

A second construction project will be road and flood control improvements for Kinney Road.  According to the release work will start July 22, to improve and replace several culverts and low water crossings on Kinney Road that runs throughout SNP.  Resurfacing several parking areas, including the park's Visitor Center will also take place and is expected to continue through November with minor traffic delays.

The last project to impact SNP visitors takes place at the eastern portion of the park.  Work will begin on Monday, July 11 on the Rincon Mountain District visitor center.  Restrooms will be updated with new plumbing, electrical connections, and new fixtures.  These improvements are for the safety and convenience of park visitors.

Another project for the Rincon Mountain District Visitor Center will be the temporary removal of flooring, so that joists can be replaced.  Pest control treatments will also be applied to the new and existing joists. The electrical and data lines will be updated for future upgrades and interpretative exhibits.

Work on the Rincon Visitor Center is expected to be completed by mid-August, in time for the National Park Service Centennial Celebration scheduled for August 25.

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