A literal tourist trap is about to appear near Kanab: US-89 just north of town will close for three hours a day, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Mondays through Fridays, for rock blasting and construction. The daily closures begin Wednesday and are expected to last through April 11.
No easy detours are available around the work occurring between a cliff and a river. So local tourism officials are arranging "traffic wranglers" to direct tourists caught by the closure to local attractions with offers of free refreshments.
"They will advertise several things to see and do around Kanab" for those caught near the town, said Utah Department of Transportation spokesman Kevin Kitchen. North of town, Moqui Cave will be open with refreshments, and tourists will also be offered directions to the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.