Most of you are aware of the current road construction taking place just north of Kanab on Hwy 89. After several years of planning and waiting, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has finally received the funding needed to correct some potentially dangerous conditions in the canyons north of town. 

This week UDOT began blasting the cliffs close to the roadway, and realigning Hwy 89. This necessitates the closure of the highway from 300 North (by Grand Canyon Expeditions) to milepost 68 (by the shooting range). The closure will take place from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. 

Outside of these hours, one lane travel will resume following the daily closures. Motorists should obey all traffic signs and keep speeds to a minimum.

Construction personnel will be working next to active traffic lanes. Be aware of their proximity and follow the path of the pilot cars.

By studying Kanab’s traffic flow UDOT determined this is the best time of year to begin this project, since it is our slowest traffic/tourism season. UDOT anticipates the blasting/full road closure part of the project will be completed by April 11.

The Kane County Office of Tourism and Kanab Volunteer Center have come up with some ideas to make this as pleasant an experience as possible for our travelers and visitors, and in support of local businesses. During the recent National Parks closure, Kanab residents and businesses helped our tourists and visitors find creative ways to save their vacations and spend time in our area. In the same spirit of Kanab friendliness, we will be going out of our way to show inconvenienced travelers our hospitality. 

We are running a campaign called “Held Up In Kanab!” Crews from our Volunteer Center will be serving as ‘Traffic Wranglers.’ They will be stationed at the south and north sides of the closures with donuts, hot coffee, hot chocolate and a friendly smile for those who wish to wait it out. Moqui Cave will be open, and Best Friends will offer special tours of the Sanctuary. The LDS Family History Library will be open for those who wish to try their hand at genealogy. There will be self-guided walking tours available at the Visitor Center, and Best Friends may have some furry friends for guests to play with.

At several locations, volunteer Traffic Wranglers will be handing out a packet containing brochures with interesting articles, history of the area, things to do and see, special offers from local businesses, and things to invite travelers back to our area. This type of going-the-extra-mile hospitality should go a long way. 

If you have a few hours in the mornings to spare and wish to join the fun as a Kanab Traffic Wrangler, please contact Vicki Hooper at the Volunteer Center (644-3696). If your business wishes to participate in the brochure with offers, please contact Sarah Young (our very creative brochure maker) at (760) 315-5058. The brochures will be updated and reprinted as needed with current road conditions and project progress to provide travelers the best information possible.

And if you see a confused or frustrated traveler, please do your best to welcome them to Kanab, and help to show them a good time.

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