Traffic Advisory: Heavy traffic in Gorge, expect hourlong delay

Virgin River Gorge, Mohave County, Arizona, March 26, 2014 | Photo by Joyce Kuzmanic, St. George News

MOHAVE COUNTY, Ariz. — Southbound motorists planning to travel on Interstate 15 are advised to avoid the Virgin River Gorge Thursday to bypass delays of an hour or more.

Southbound traffic was backed up more than 4.5 miles as of 5 p.m. Thursday afternoon, Arizona Department of Public Safety Sgt. John Bottoms said. Drivers traveling south on I-15 are advised to use the Highway 91 alternate route instead of driving through the Gorge (see map inset below).

Updated 6:20 p.m.: Drivers are advised to avoid traveling south through the Gorge until 8 p.m., Bottoms said. As of 6:20 p.m., the traffic backup is between 4 and 5 miles.

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

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, Utah, at the north via Santa Clara and Sunset Boulevard. See map inset.

To stay up to date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at az511.gov, follow us on Twitter or call 511; outside of Arizona, dial 888-411-ROAD (7623).

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