If your summertime travels involve heading to Sedona to soak in the stunning red rocks, your travel route may be impacted.
Drivers who normally would use State Route 89A in an area north of uptown Sedona should allow extra travel time and plan to use detours due to scheduled highway closures between June 20 and 28, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
SR 89A is due to be closed between Owenby Way, near uptown Sedona, and the Midgley Bridge picnic area, from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, June 20-22, and again on Tuesday, June 27, and Wednesday, June 28.
The closures are needed for safety while crews are doing rockfall mitigation work as part of an ongoing SR 89A improvement project in the area.
Drivers, including those planning to travel to Slide Rock State Park or other destinations in Oak Creek Canyon, will need to use the following detours while the SR 89A closures are in place:
- Northbound Detour: Sedona-area drivers can use southbound SR 179 to northbound Interstate 17 to reach southbound SR 89A at the J.W. Powell interchange (Flagstaff Airport exit).
- Southbound Detour: Flagstaff-area drivers can use southbound I-17 to northbound SR 179 to reach Sedona.
SR 89A will be open for traffic during nighttime hours on each of the days when work will require closures. Lane restrictions and a pilot car operation are currently in use along the highway north of Sedona from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays during June.
Additional project information is available at azdot.gov/SR89A.