ST. GEORGE — Construction work has caused a major traffic backup to develop along Interstate 15 between Mesquite, Nevada, and the Virgin River Gorge, and a load of honeybees are reportedly caught up in the congestion.
Just after 2 p.m. Wednesday, traffic was reportedly backed up for 11 miles, Arizona Department of Public Safety Sgt. John Bottoms said, adding that motorists are moving very slowly past road paving crews in the area.
“A commercial vehicle hauling bees is stuck in the backup,” Bottoms added. “Troopers report bees (are) everywhere.”
Troopers are reporting that bees have found a way out from underneath a tarp covering the load of honeybees and are buzzing the cars surrounding the commercial truck, Bottoms said.
Traffic delays are due to a 13-mile pavement improvement project along I-15 from the Nevada State line to Arizona Exit 8.
The $10.4 million project includes paving the 13-mile stretch of roadway from mileposts 0 to 13, replacing a bridge barrier, sealing the existing bridge deck and installing new guardrail.
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