Traffic advisory: Northbound lanes blocked through Virgin River Gorge

This 2015 file photo for illustration shows traffic backed up on Interstate 15 in the Virgin River Gorge, Arizona, March 12, 2015 | Photo by Kimberly Scott, St. George News
Highway 91 between St. George, Utah, and Littlefield, Arizona. | Image from Mapquest.com; St. George News markup
Highway 91 between St. George, Utah, and Littlefield, Arizona. | Image from Mapquest.com; St. George News markup

UPDATE 9:58 a.m. – Interstate 15 through the Virgin River Gorge is all clear at this time, Sgt. Bottoms said. The traffic backup is cleared.

UPDATE: 9:06 a.m. – Both northbound traffic lanes are open and traffic is beginning to roll, Sgt. Bottoms said. However, troopers report having trouble awaking truck drivers and some truck drivers are having trouble getting their trucks started, he added.

UPDATE: 8:15 a.m. – “One traffic lane is open, traffic is slowly getting by,” Sgt. Bottoms said, adding that it will take some time for the backed up traffic to clear out.

VIRGIN RIVER GORGE, Ariz. – Both northbound lanes of Interstate 15 through the Virgin River Gorge in Arizona are blocked. Arizona Department of Public Safety’s Highway Patrol Division advises motorists use alternate route.

DPS Sgt. John T. Bottoms issued a text alert at about 6:45 a.m. advising a collision involving a large box truck is blocking both northbound lanes through the gorge.

“An alternate route around the Virgin River Gorge is strongly suggested,” he said.

Alternate route

Motorists may use 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 with this report.

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5 Comments

  • mmsandie November 10, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    At 3 pm today there was another accident 1 mile ahead going north after the ret 91 beaver exit watch out, I was lucky I always go the backroad for 6 yrs, won,t go thru the gorge again

  • ladybugavenger November 10, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    The wall of death in the gorge is scary

    • .... November 12, 2016 at 7:30 am

      maybe they should have an exorcism for the evil demons that dwell in the gorge. that would mean RealLowlife would be driven out from the gorge but I doubt anybody would actually care

  • .... November 11, 2016 at 5:12 am

    I don’t travel through the gorge I have my chauffeur take me to the airport and I fly on my private jet to Vegas for the day. I don’t have a job because I don’t have to work for a living.

    Congratulations President Donald Trump !

  • .... November 11, 2016 at 9:50 am

    come on RealLowlife ! LOL I posted that one especially for you ! ha ha ha ha ha now that’s some funny stuff right there !

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