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Access road for Zion National Park reopening after repairs

(Franciso Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune, file) Glimpses of the scenic famed walls of Zion National Park flash by motorists as they travel through the mile long tunnel along the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway.

Zion National Park, Utah • A highway that is a main access route for Zion National Park is reopening following weeks of repairs following damage from heavy rain.

Park officials announced Friday that the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway, also known as the State Route 9 Connector, will reopen Saturday, with restricted access for oversized vehicles.

The closure was on the park's east side.

Crews replaced one section of the road, with that work including stabilization of a slope and rebuilding of a retaining wall. Another section needed repaving and other work.

Some trails remain closed due to landslides.

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