TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Yuma, Arizona — usually a sleepy desert town — is seeing thousands more visitors as traffic between Phoenix and Los Angeles is rerouted due to a collapsed freeway bridge to the north.
The steady stream of cars has prompted a brief but welcome boom in the farming town near the Mexico border.
The town is usually quiet in the 100-degree heat this time of year.
But the closure of Interstate 10 has gas stations, fast-food restaurants and other businesses drawing more customers and trying to lure even more.
The Historic Coronado Motor Hotel is offering a special rate to entice travelers for a night or two. And Collie Bernabe, a visitor information specialist, said she persuaded a woman and her daughter to stay overnight and explore the city.
Interstate 10 is expected to reopen Friday.