Yuma capitalizing on drivers diverted from I-10 collapse

AP News
Posted: Jul 23, 2015 3:01 AM

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.