Road Construction on SR-9 Between Virgin and Rockville to Add Passing Lanes

Starting on Monday, July 30, 2018, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) will begin road construction on a new project on State Route 9 between Virgin, Utah and Rockville, Utah – on the way to Springdale & Zion National Park.

This goal of this project is to add passing lanes on SR-9 between mile markers 21 and 27.

Flaggers will be in place during this time, with delays affecting both directions of traffic.

Here are some of the details that may affect your travel:

  • Work will begin July 30, 2018
  • Work will occur the weekend of 8/4 & 8/5, though:
    • The expected construction schedule is Monday-Friday, 7:00am – 5:30pm
    • **as of 8/16/18 – reports of flaggers stopping cars overnight and early morning – likely to continue until the daytime temperatures begin to cool. We will update as the schedule returns to what was originally expected**
  • Wait times are intermittent, but if you are stopped:
    • The maximum wait time each direction is 15 minutes
  • No work will occur on holidays (including Labor Day weekend)
  • Paving is scheduled to occur in mid-September, at which time:
    • Night work may occur
    • Weekend work may occur
  • This project has an expected completion of November 15, 2018.

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*Above image courtesy of UDOT

Construction Update – SR-9: Springdale – Zion National Park

*Update 8/9/18 – Road construction is complete on Zion Park Boulevard (SR-9) in Springdale, Utah except for minor final touches [example: Canyon Springs Drive]. Road construction on State Route 9 (highway 9) between Virgin, Utah and Rockville, Utah is now underway. The purpose of this project is to add passing lanes. The impact to your drive to Springdale is expected to be minimal. Please read more about it here.

The road construction that we have been patiently (well some days not so much 😉) waiting for its completion is finally coming to an end!

It will still be a few weeks until the project is finished. There are still several areas of sidewalk that are closed, and multiple sections of the highway through Springdale where construction barricades are placed to guide traffic through makeshift lanes.

(Above image: Southbound on SR-9 Zion Park Boulevard – 4/25/18)

As of this update on 4/30/18, the Canyon Springs Drive (between the Hampton Inn, The SpringHill Suites, and the Switchback) is closed to access. The alternate route to access the SpringHill Suites is through the parking lot of the Hampton Inn.

(Above image: Canyon Springs Drive access is closed near SpringHill Suites – 4/30/18)

Construction crews are currently working on the section near Blondie’s Diner and traffic is down to a single lane in that area. The wait time was less than 5 minutes today.

(Above photo: Southbound on SR-9 in Springdale, Utah near Subway, Cafe Soleil, and the Cliffrose Lodge – 4/30/18)

The construction schedule has been pretty much on time and the vast majority of the work is complete. The roads do look nice with new crosswalks and bike lanes.

As you know from a previous blog post, there are now parking meters throughout the town of Springdale for visitors to Zion National Park.

Even though there are a few areas where the sidewalks are closed to allow the freshly poured concrete to cure, and there are still barricades along the road in many places, it is so much better than it has been!

(Above image: Up-canyon [northbound] view of SR-9 in Springdale, Utah toward Zion National Park from approximately the La Quinta hotel)

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Shuttle Route; Springdale, Utah Summer, In-Town Shuttle Route to and from Zion National Park, Shops, and Restaurants

*Update – the shuttle system is running on the regular Summer Schedule

summer shuttle schedule

On Easter weekend, the transportation department, which manages the shuttle system for Springdale and Zion National Park, decided to test whether they can run the Springdale town shuttles on their normal route (from the Visitor Center to the Majestic View Lodge).

The conclusion was that, until the construction on State Route 9 through town is completed, the shuttle route will remain “fluid” on a daily basis. Each morning, the transportation department coordinates with the construction crew in charge of the highway project to determine how the day’s construction events will impact the shuttle route.

Because of this, the transportation department is making daily announcements on each of their shuttle runs through town to inform passengers of the plan. This will occasionally mean that the shuttle driver will announce that anyone staying at a hotel south of the Hampton Inn will want to plan to be back to their hotel prior to 6pm (as the majority of the roadwork happening this week is going on between the hours of 7pm and 7am).

In any event, the road construction schedule is on-time and will be completed by April 15th. The shuttle route should return to normal before this time, most likely by April 8th, but is guaranteed to be on the regular schedule by April 16th.

Use the link below to access the 2018 Shuttle Schedule for Zion National Park and Springdale, Utah [courtesy of the National Park Service website] –

Shuttle Schedule

Shuttle Schedule for Spring 2018

*Note – The updated post for the Shuttle Schedule can be found here

Today is the day that the Zion Canyon shuttle in Zion National Park is scheduled to resume operations for the season.

The first shuttle of the day will leave the Visitor Center at 7:00am, daily. The last shuttle pick up from the Temple of Sinewava is at 8:15pm.

The Springdale town shuttle will also resume, but on a modified route. The first Springdale town shuttle will begin at 8:05am and run until 9:15pm, seven days a week.

(Springdale town.com)

(Nps.gov)