Petrified Forest National Park is beginning a four month, two phase construction project that plans to rehabilitate aging roads and bridges in the park.
The first phase will close the road in the middle of the park preventing traffic from traveling from Interstate 40 to Highway 180, according to a new release. During the closure that will last from Jan. 2, 2020 to March 28, the Agate Bridge Overlook and Jasper Forest Overlook will be closed. Phase two will still allow access throughout the park, but during March 29 to May 9 is expected to cause 15-minute delays.
People who would like to access the Rainbow Forest Museum, Southwestern wilderness, Crystal Forest, Giant Logs trail, Long Logs and Agate House trail during Phase 1 can only do so from Highway 180.
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Park officials said the timeline could be delayed by events like severe weather.
The Petrified Forest National Park has a deferred maintenance total of over $43 million as of 2017.