SEDONA, AZ - A planned improvement project for the 'switchbacks' along Highway 89A in northern Arizona has been put on hold due to a wildfire happening a mere miles away, according to ADOT.
The Slide Fire erupted Tuesday afternoon near Oak Creek Canyon, located just north of Sedona. Highway 89A has been closed between mileposts 375-397 due to the firefighting efforts.
ADOT said crews began working on the $2-million project April 21, but were pulled off shortly after the fire started.
Officials said crews were planning to close the switchbacks on May 27.
Once the fire is contained, ADOT will conduct a roadway and rockfall assessment, as well as address any potential environment issues prior to restarting the improvement project, according to a release.
The improvement project involves upgrading a 3-mile stretch of 89A between the Pine Flat Campground and Vista Point Overlook.
ADOT is currently recommending motorists take State Route 179 to I-17 to travel between Sedona and Flagstaff.