Storm-damaged road in South Mountain Park reopens after repairs

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A wash adjacent to the main ranger station at South Mountain Park By Jennifer Thomas A wash adjacent to the main ranger station at South Mountain Park By Jennifer Thomas
Rock slide on South Mountain Park's Summit Road By Jennifer Thomas Rock slide on South Mountain Park's Summit Road By Jennifer Thomas
A wash adjacent to the main ranger station at South Mountain Park By Jennifer Thomas A wash adjacent to the main ranger station at South Mountain Park By Jennifer Thomas
Rock slide on South Mountain Park's Summit Road By Jennifer Thomas Rock slide on South Mountain Park's Summit Road By Jennifer Thomas
Rock slide on South Mountain Park's Summit Road By Jennifer Thomas Rock slide on South Mountain Park's Summit Road By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX – Summit Road in South Mountain Park/Preserve reopened Friday morning following a months-long closure to repair damage from monsoon storms.

The road had been closed from the 1-mile mark after an Aug. 12 storm caused a major rock slide.

Crews worked 12 construction sites along a 5-mile stretch of the mountain road, according to the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department.

Repairs addressed damage to the surface and understructure of the roadway as well as erosion along the shoulder, officials said.

Crews also installed new culverts and preventative drainage in areas where the 80-plus-year-old original structures had either failed or become insufficient to handle water runoff.

Officials said portions of the construction are still in progress and could prompt future intermittent closures. A water line also was damaged in the storms and is still under construction.

South Mountain Park/Preserve boasts more than 16,000 acres and more than 51 miles of primary trails for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. The main entrance is located at Central Avenue and Dobbins Road.

For information regarding future temporary closures, visit https://www.phoenix.gov.

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