Arches National Park Entrance Road, Windows Road, Overlook Road
The project is located near Moab, Utah at an approximate elevation range of 5,653 to 6,000 feet. The Park was closed at night to visitor traffic Monday thru Friday for the duration of the construction to facilitate paving operations.
The project addressed horizontal and vertical sight distance issues at several locations along the roadway. In an effort to mitigate these issues while maintaining the character of the road and the existing alignment, vegetation was cleared immediately adjacent to the road, and additional signage provided.
The National Park Service (NPS) implemented the selected alternative which addressed the rehabilitation, restoring, and resurfacing of a paved road, as well as, expanding parking, formalizing pull offs, and providing opportunities to move visitors safely through the Park.
The purpose of the action is to ease traffic and parking congestion, protect natural and cultural resources, enhance the visitors experience, improve visitors’ safety and accessibility, and offer visitors an alternative to driving private vehicles through the Park. Another purpose of the action is to strengthen the level of coordination and partnerships between the NPS and other agencies, jurisdictions, and stakeholders in the region.
The action is needed to address the following problems and needs.
- Parking areas at popular attractions within the Park are frequently congested, causing visitors to park outside of paved areas, potentially damaging sensitive soils, vegetation, and cultural resources.
- Visitors have been parking in unpaved areas along the roadside for a variety of reasons, which also can cause potential damage to soils, vegetation, and cultural resources.
- Parking conditions, visitor orientation, and recreation opportunities need to be improved and expanded to help better disperse visitation throughout the Park.
- Visitor/traveler safety is an important ongoing need that must be addressed throughout the Park, including locations along park roads and at key features where travelers tend to exceed posted speed limits and pedestrians frequently cross the road to access trails.
- There is an ongoing need to preserve and enhance the visitors experience at Arches National Park.
- When parking areas and trails become congested, visitor experience is diminished.
- Currently, motorized interpretive or sightseeing tours are not provided to the general visiting public at Arches National Park. There is a need to offer visitors an alternative to driving private vehicles through the Park.
Key Project Dates
Advertise: Winter 2016
Construction: Spring – Fall 2017
Completed Construction: December 2017
Current road conditions.
|Project #||UT FTNP ARCH 10(2) & 11(1)|
|Project Name||Entrance Rd, Windows Rd, Overlook Rd|
|FLMA||Arches National Park|
Project Manager: James Kerrigan
Federal Highway Administration
Central Federal Lands Highway Division
12300 West Dakota Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80228