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.
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.
- View a project flyer with a map of the area: Virgin River Gorge I-15 Bridge Rehabilitation Projects 2014-2015
- To stay up-to-date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center online
- Travelers outside of Arizona needing to check road conditions may call 1-888-411-ROAD, or while in Arizona dial 511
- More information about the I-15 Virgin River Gorge bridge projects is available on the ADOT website
- Road advisory: Old Highway 91 recommended as alternative to possible holiday weekend delays in gorge
- ADOT seeks public input on 2019 Virgin River Bridge No. 1 project
- ADOT begins largest bridge reconstruction project in Virgin River Gorge, Bridge No. 6 on I-15
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