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Grand Canyon Officials Offer Traffic Plan for Comment

Grand Canyon Officials Offer Traffic Plan for Comment



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GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) -- Grand Canyon National Park officials want to add traffic lanes approaching the canyon's South Rim entrance to ease congestion and air pollution. They're looking for public comment on the proposed $2 million project.

Plans include building a mile-long second northbound lane -- with the option of adding another in the future. Currently, two lanes for vehicles head north out of Tusayan, about one and a half miles from the park entrance.

But they funnel into one lane about a mile from the park, pinching traffic into a long line of cars approaching pay kiosks at the entrance.

Project manager Vicky Stinson says because of the sometime long waits, people often get out of their cars, wander into the woods, trample vegetation and sometimes relieve themselves.

Records show 5,000 cars entered the park on the South Rim on Memorial Day. People have 30 days to make their thoughts about the plan known to the Park Service.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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