Traffic advisory: 3-mile southbound traffic backup in Virgin River Gorge

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VIRGIN RIVER GORGE, Ariz. — Southbound traffic through the Virgin River Gorge section of Interstate 15 is backed up about 3 miles and growing, Arizona DPS Sgt. John Bottoms reported just after 6 p.m. Thursday.

“The traffic backups are just north of the construction zone,” Bottoms said,  “so travelers can expect a one-hour delay at this point.”

Motorists should not attempt to turn around in the median strip, Bottoms said. It is illegal to cross the median except for authorized vehicles. Highway patrol troopers will issue citations for vehicles turning in that manner.

Highway 91 between St. George, Utah, and Littlefield, Arizona | Image from Mapquest.com, St. George News
Highway 91 between St. George, Utah, and Littlefield, Arizona | Image from Mapquest.com, St. George News

Motorists are advised to practice patience and caution while traveling through the construction zone in the Virgin River Gorge if they choose to take that route.

Alternate route

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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