Now that the single-lane traffic has been shifted farther north in town, along with the major increase in visitation to Zion National Park this week, I cannot fully advise crossing the road at any point to get from the east side of SR-9 in Springdale (where the sidewalks are closed) to the west side of SR-9.
However, with traffic wait times of around 1.5 hours, it’s tempting to walk wherever you go in town. The sidewalk is relatively open and clear on the west side of the road from the Holiday Inn Express to the Zion Prospector rock shop where you would need to cross again by the Desert Pearl Inn.
If you do decide to cross the street, do so VERY CAREFULLY (and at your own risk…).
Be safe out there!
I have had several people ask me today about the best way to get around town next week as they don’t want to deal with the hassles of trying to navigate their cars through the construction traffic.
The best answer I have to this is to walk.
Now, keep in mind that many sections of the sidewalk on the east side of the street are closed. However, the west side of SR-9 still has much of its sidewalks intact.
*east side of SR-9:
*west side of SR-9:
If you are trying to get around town on foot and you are starting on the east side of the road, please be extremely cautious when crossing the road! There are cars, heavy equipment, and uneven surfaces creating potential safety hazards. However, once you are safely on the west side of the street and on the sidewalk, continue to use caution as the cement is damaged in several places.
There are many sections on the sidewalk that coincide with residential and business driveways. In these areas, use caution and watch for cars. Now I know I shouldn’t have to tell you this, but it’s easy to get distracted around here – especially with the extra noise going on around you.
*be extra careful in areas like this one, in front of the Shell gas station:
I easily made my way from the Holiday Inn Express to Oscar’s Cafe today using the sidewalks on the west side of the road. There are definitely places where you will need to walk single-file if you’re walking in a group as there are bushes and trees obstructing the path. You’ll also want to watch for people on bicycles. [Bicycles would also be a good alternative to cars for getting around town – but follow the same safety precautions as above]