Construction, rolling traffic breaks delay traffic on I-15; plan ahead

Motorists on Interstate 15 along the Virgin River Gorge should expect construction and holiday traffic delays, Arizona Strip, Arizona, Aug. 26, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Arizona Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol Sgt. John Bottoms, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Motorists traveling on Interstate 15 along the Virgin River Gorge Sunday night through Monday morning should expect long traffic delays due to bridge construction.

At 10 p.m. Sunday, the Arizona Department of Transportation will be making a traffic lane switch on I-15 bridge No. 6 located in the Gorge, Arizona Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol Sgt. John Bottoms said.

“We will be doing rolling traffic breaks to slow traffic while crews move the temporary concrete barrier walls,” he said, adding that motorists can expect traffic delays of 30 minutes or more between the hours of 10 p.m. through 8 a.m. Monday.

Motorists traveling through the area are advised to plan ahead and allow for traffic and construction delays and to drive with extra caution.

Motorists are always urged to stay a safe distance from the vehicle in front of them when driving, Bottoms said. Following too closely, particularly in a construction zone, 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, he said.

Highway 91 from St. George and Littlefield, Ariz. | Image created on Mapquest.com, St. George News | Click on map to enlarge
Highway 91 from St. George and Littlefield, Ariz. | Image created on Mapquest.com, St. George News | Click on map to enlarge

Alternate route and tips for drivers

Those 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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1 Comment

  • DB August 26, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Hate to nit-pik about the photo caption regarding the ‘holiday’ but not to worry, Labor Day isn’t until the weekend after this projected traffic snarl. ADOT getting this done the week before sounds like a good idea. Thanks for your good work!

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