UPDATE: Sgt. John Bottoms, of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, said traffic on southbound I-15 has largely cleared up as of 12:15 p.m., Saturday.
VIRGIN RIVER GORGE, Ariz. – Southbound travel on Interstate 15 through the Virgin River Gorge is starting to back up as of 10 a.m., Saturday, as hordes of University of Utah and Brigham Young University football fans head south for the Las Vegas Bowl.
“Interstate 15 is experiencing heavy volume of traffic southbound as football fans head to Vegas for the big game,” said Sgt. John Bottoms of the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
“We are starting to experience backups in the gorge at the construction zone again. Anybody leaving the St. George area would be wise to take (Old Highway 91),” he said.
ADOT is working on a major reconstruction of the Virgin River Bridge No. 6 at milepost 16, midway between Mesquite, Nevada, and St. George, Utah, approximately 100 miles northeast of Las Vegas.
While no work will be taking place this weekend, the Interstate is narrowed to one lane in each direction through the work zone until the project is completed in 2016.
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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