Traffic advisory: Backup in the Gorge, drivers should use Highway 91

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VIRGIN RIVER GORGE – A disabled commercial vehicle southbound on Interstate 15 near the construction zone in the Virgin River Gorge is causing delays and the incident will likely cause traffic to back up Friday afternoon.

Travelers are advised to avoid traveling through the Virgin River Gorge until at least 4:30 p.m. and possibly longer, Arizona Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol Sgt. John Bottoms said.

“Troopers are arriving and have requested a tow truck to remove the vehicle,” Bottoms said.

Motorists are advised to always stay a safe distance from the vehicle in front of them when driving. Following too closely creates an unnecessary safety risk which oftentimes results in drivers skidding off into the median when the car in front of them stops or slows, Bottoms said in a previous interview.

Highway 91 between St. George, Utah, and Littlefield, Arizona | Image from Mapquest.com, St. George News
Highway 91 between St. George, Utah, and Littlefield, Arizona | Image from Mapquest.com, St. George News

Alternate route

Those seeking to avoid the traffic backup in the Virgin River Gorge may take Highway 91 as an alternate route.

The highway bypasses the gorge entirely, intersecting with I-15 at Exit 8 in 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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