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Contact: Aly Baltrus, 435-772-0160SPRINGDALE, UT – The Zion-Mount Carmel Highway was reopened after an intense storm on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 caused mud and debris to overwhelm the road drainage culverts and cover the switchback section of the highway. In several areas, the mud and debris were 3-4 feet deep, stranding several dozen vehicles in the tunnel and along the road. Road crews were able to plow a path and to the vehicles and get them out late Wednesday night. Crews continued to clear the road and the culverts Thursday and Friday.
The Zion-Mount Carmel Highway through Zion National Park connects State Route 9 between Springdale and U.S. Highway 89. The road was opened in 1930 after the 1.1 mile Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel was completed. Because of the significant planning, skills, materials, and overall design and engineering, the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers.