TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Visitors to Saguaro National Park, Rincon Mountain District (East) will notice a change in traffic control, as crews work to replace and install a new automatic front gate.
According to a news release from SNP work began on Tuesday, Feb. 20 and during all phases of construction, which should take approximately three weeks, travel will be down to a single lane. SNP is hoping for a competition date of March 9.
Once complete the new gate will decrease operational costs during the opening and closing of the park each day.
"Each evening, a dedicated ranger closes the gate and sweeps the loop road to ensure visitors do not get locked inside the park," said Leah McGinnis, Superintendent, in the news release. "The new gate will be automatic, allowing park visitors to exit park without the assistance of park staff and will enable our staff to support other high priority functions without the risk of inadvertently trapping a visitor inside."
While work will be done during daylight hours, visitors may experience brief delays when entering and exiting the park. Flaggers will be on hand to assist with traffic control changes.
Bicyclists and pedestrians visiting the park are encouraged to bypass the construction area by utilizing the multi-use path located just north of the main entrance on Old Spanish Trail.