- Associated Press - Saturday, March 8, 2014

SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) - Business owners from Sedona to Flagstaff are worried a planned closure of a portion of a northern Arizona highway could hurt the much-anticipated summer tourist season.

The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/NKJRwG) the Arizona Department of Transportation plans to close 3.5 miles of Arizona 89A between Memorial Day and July 4 for repaving.

Merchants along Sedona’s Oak Creek Canyon, which sits along that highway stretch, say the plans could lead to a drop in their profits.

Travelers between Sedona and Flagstaff will be directed to Interstate 17, which could add another 15 minutes to their commute.

ADOT officials say the work has to be done when the climate is warm enough for the paving.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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