After the federal government shutdown which closed all national parks, State Route 64 through the park's south rim was kept open to through traffic. But SR64 is now closed:
Therefore, in addition to needing to be aware of the US89 closure and Navajo 20 detour south of Page AZ, you now also must avoid SR64 (west from Cameron to north of Valle) until the highway reopens.
Can't look at the Grand Canyon from a state highway. Yet a park spokeswoman is still on the job.
My understanding of the situation is that the only NPS employees still working are deemed "essential" employees and are required to continue to work. In time, they will be paid their salary for their work during the shutdown, BUT their salary will be deferred until the government reopens. I can not imagine any worker required to be on the job that is happy knowing that no one can tell them when their next paycheck will be made available to them. As tough as this situation may become, it still may be thought of as a better option than those being furloughed whose salaries have also been stopped but there is no confirmation that they will ever be paid anything for the days of work lost.
From the article, it's not clear to me if the SR64 closure was made by the NPS or was done by ADOT--or both.
Let's all hope for a very short shutdown.
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