Highway 180 is one of three routes from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon. A seven-mile section is in the process of being repaved, getting turn lanes added, and other construction work. The Arizona Dept. of Transportation expects the work to be completed by fall 2014. There will be delays and lane restrictions but you can use one of the alternate routes to get to the Grand Canyon. Alternate routes would be I-40 west to Williams and then Hwy 64 north to the Grand Canyon south entrance or Hwy 89 north to Cameron and Hwy 64 west to the National Park east entrance. The east entrance is usually less crowded and this route offers some scenic views of the Little Colorado River Gorge.
Road Construction on Hwy 89A between Flagstaff and Sedona
Oak Creek Canyon, listed as one of the most scenic drives in America, was slated for road construction before the devastating Slide Fire which started in May. The highway is closed for the summer and expected to re-open in the fall of 2014. You can still get to Sedona quite easily from the South Rim by taking I-17 southbound from Flagstaff to the Sedona exit and then taking Hwy 179 to Sedona.
Note: The Oak Creek Canyon road is open for travel.
Road Construction near Cameron on Hwy 89/64
The Department of Transportation has announced a lengthy project in the Cameron area. Most of the construction this year will be beginning a bridge-building project over the Little Colorado River but there will also be road construction with narrow lanes and possible delays. It is only a few miles each side of the Hwy 64 turn-off so it should only mean a few minutes of slow traffic or possible delays. If you are planning to drive from the South Rim to Page to take the Half-day Float Trip or to visit Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, etc. you should allow extra driving time due to road construction. If you are planning to drive from the South Rim to the North Rim you will encounter the same construction zone. To learn more about the construction at Cameron, Arizona, please click on the Arizona Department of Transportation website for Cameron Construction.