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Catalina Highway to reopen Saturday, Pima County DOT says

Mt. Lemmon Highway damage from Bighorn Fire
Posted at 12:40 PM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 20:22:28-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Weeks after the Bighorn Fire forced its closure, the Catalina Highway will reopen to the general public this weekend.

The Pima County Department of Transportation says they're almost finished with repairs on the highway and expect to reopen the road to all visitors on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 6 a.m. The highway has been open to full-time residents and employees of businesses in the mountains since July 8.

The DOT says visitors can expect reduced speed limits on the roadway as crews continue working replacing non-critical roadside posts that were damaged by the fire.

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The U.S. Forest Service closure order for the surrounding wilderness, however, remains in effect. The closure order applies to all trails and campgrounds along the Catalina Highway and in the Mt. Lemmon area as well as the Sabino CAnyon recreation area.

The Forest Service says the closure is expected to last until Nov. 1, but may be re-evaluated if needed.