Coconino deputy opens parking lot closed by shutdown - WNEM TV 5

Coconino deputy opens parking lot closed by shutdown

Posted: Updated:
FLAGSTAFF, AZ (AP) -

A Coconino County sheriff's deputy opened a Forest Service parking lot to traffic after a highway that runs through a scenic northern Arizona canyon popular with fans of fall foliage got jammed with traffic.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports that Highway 89A through Oak Creek Canyon was blocked in both directions Saturday when vehicles clogged a popular side canyon's entry.

The Forest Service had ordered the company that maintains the day use area in the side canyon to close it last week because of the federal government shutdown.

Sheriff's spokesman Gerry Blair says the deputy used his authority to ensure public safety to unlock the gate so that the highway would be cleared.

Blair says emergency vehicles' access otherwise would have been blocked.

Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • Coconino deputy opens parking lot closed by shutdownMore>>

  • Sidebar: Arizona shutdown impact

    Monday, October 14 2013 5:33 PM EDT2013-10-14 21:33:57 GMT
    ARIZONA IMPACT SPECIAL SECTION: The government shutdown READ: BLM suspends most AZ activities (10/1/13) READ: Valley small businesses impacted (10/1/13) READ: AZ Parks Dept. welcomes campers (10/1/13)More >
    ARIZONA IMPACT SPECIAL SECTION: The government shutdown READ: BLM suspends most AZ activities (10/1/13) READ: Valley small businesses impacted (10/1/13) READ: AZ Parks Dept. welcomes campers (10/1/13)More >
Powered by WorldNow
WNEM
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2014, WNEM; Saginaw, MI. (A Meredith Corporation Station) and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.