State Route 89A Switchback Closing For Repairs

March 04, 2014

 A popular road that connects Flagstaff to Sedona will be closed for five weeks this summer. State Route 89A will be shut down during a busy tourist season.

The three mile stretch of road is known as the switchback for its steep and winding terrain. The closure will begin Memorial Day and wrap up on the Fourth of July. The state highway department will make repairs to the pavement, guardrails and to a bridge. Arizona Department of Transportation Spokesperson Dustin Krugel said crews will also repel from rocks to do some of the work.

“We need to have a full closure through this area just to provide sufficient space to perform rock scaling work that we’re gonna be doing along with sections of roadway that have very steep grades with little to no shoulders," said Krugel. 

Visitors who want to want to get to Flagstaff from Sedona will have to take State Route 179 to Interstate 17. Businesses near Sedona will remain open.