Traffic advisory: Delays on southbound I-15 in Virgin River Gorge

"Traffic through the Gorge," Kim Collis posted to St. George News Facebook at about 3:50 p.m. "Its backed up about an hour." Virgin River Gorge, Arizona, May 26, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Kim Collis, St. George News
“Traffic through the Gorge,” Kim Collis posted to St. George News Facebook at about 3:50 p.m. “Its backed up about an hour.” Virgin River Gorge, Arizona, May 26, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Kim Collis, St. George News

ARIZONA STRIP – Traffic on southbound Interstate 15 through the Virgin River Gorge is reported to be backed the Arizona Highway Patrol reported Monday afternoon. Motorists traveling on I-15 can expect long delays.

Around 3:20 p.m., southbound traffic was backed up  for about 10 miles. Just before 5 p.m., the AHP reported the southbound back up was reaching toward the Utah/Arizona border.

Travel through the gorge has already been slowed due to construction work being done on highway bridges by the Arizona Department of Transportation. Heavy holiday traffic hasn’t made the situation any better.

Old Highway 91 is recommended as an alternate route for motorist seeking to avoid the traffic delays.

Highway 91 from St. George and Littlefield, Ariz. | Image from Mapquest.com
Highway 91 from St. George and Littlefield, Ariz. | Image from Mapquest.com

Alternate route and tips for drivers

Individuals seeking to avoid the construction work in the Virgin River Gorge may take Highway 91 as an alternate route. The highway bypasses the gorge entirely, intersecting with I-15 at Littlefield, Arizona, to the south, and connecting to St. George at the north via Santa Clara and Sunset Boulevard. See map included in this article.

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