Oak Creek Canyon switchbacks re-opened

SEDONA--The closure of SR 89a through the Oak Creek Canyon switchbacks to resurface the roadway, has been lifted two weeks early. The roadway section needed to be fully closed for six weeks to re-pave the highway, make deck improvements to the Pumphouse Wash bridge and complete some hillside scaling to remove loose dangerous rock.

The project had been delayed when the Slide Fire threatened the area, still contractors completed work ahead of scheduled Tuesday night to allow property owners displaced from a subsequent Junipine Fire to return to their homes.

The road work project first began April 21 with full road closure planned beginning May 27 with the closure to be lifted on July 2nd. The Slide Fire caused work to stop between May 20 and June 1.

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