Arizona highway through Grand Canyon closed

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) -- A 30-mile stretch of a state highway through part of Grand Canyon National Park is closed because of the federal government's partial shutdown.

The Arizona Department of Transportation says crews on Thursday set up message boards and signs to advise drivers of the closure of State Route 64 between the South Rim entrance near Tusayan and the park's eastern entrance west of Cameron.

Residents of Grand Canyon Village still can use State Route 64.

The highway initially was also left open for through traffic, but it was closed after visitors disregarded the closure.

While the highway was open, some motorists pulled off the highway and moved barricades to peek at the canyon, while tour buses parked roadside and pedestrians darted across the highway.

SR 64 remains open between Williams and Tusayan. The Grand Canyon Airport in Tusayan, which is operated by ADOT, remains open. SR 64 also is open to local traffic between Cameron and the park's eastern entrance.

Drivers who normally would use SR 64 through the park will instead need to use other northern Arizona highways, including Interstate 40 and US 89.

ADOT will work with the National Park Service to notify drivers when SR 64 is reopened within the park.

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