August marks beginning of improvements to Kinney Road

August marks beginning of improvements to Kinney Road

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Saguaro National Park and the Federal Highway Administration are preparing to start a rehabilitate and resurface for Kinney Road, within the park's western district.  Expected to begin August 8, with Phase One, the project should be complete by December 1, 2016.

"This project will improve the surface of Kinney Road and safety for all of those who travel on the road," according to Superintendent Darla Sidles, in a recent release.

SNP officials have stated the project was scheduled during the "off" season for visitors, to avoid closures during the peak visitor season.

"We recognize the temporary inconvenience that the project will cause to local residents and park visitors alike," said Sidles, "And we appreciate everyone's patience as we make it safer for all who travel along these roads."

Visitors can expect limited road closures, detours, and minor traffic delays while heading to the Red Hills Visitor Center, which will remain open during the project. There will be two phases of the project as follows:

  • Phase One - starts Aug. 8 with the closing of Kinney Road in both directions from Mile Wide Road to the visitor center.
  • Phase Two - starts Sept. 15 when the completed Phase One reopens and the northern section of Kinney Road will close from Sandario Road to the Visitor center.

Detours around the closed sections will be along Sandario and Mile Wide roads.

For more information about the closures associated with this project, contact Facility Manager Jeremy Curtis, (520)733-5140.

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