Comments are now being accepted as the Park Service develops the environmental assessment for improvements to South Entrance Road between Tusayan and park gate.
The project, which includes two more northbound lanes and a bypass lane for residents, employees and other designated users, is part of an overall plan to ease traffic backups at the entrance station during peak season. Improvements to the entrance station last spring added an extra lane and more kiosks which opened last week.
The bypass lane would diverge from Highway 64 between the park boundary and the park sign and merge back into the highway approximately 750 feet north of the entrance station.
These concerns have resulted in separating the South Entrance Road improvements from the larger transportation plan, which is currently underway and expected out for public review in October.The current project proposal is a preliminary option that is under consideration and subject to change. Comments will be accepted until June 17 and should be either posted online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/grca. or sent to Superintendent, Grand Canyon National Park, Attn: Office of Compliance and Planning, P.O. Box 129, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023.
Additional information about this project can be found on the park's Web site at www.nps.gov/grca/compliance.
You can also call project planning leaders Jill Beshears or Grace Ellis at 638-7794 or 928- 226-0159 (respectively) or project manager Vicky Stinson at 928-774-3026.