Traffic Advisory: 6-mile backup on I-15 in Virgin River Gorge

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MOHAVE COUNTY, Ariz. – Traffic on Interstate 15 in Arizona is backing up, and motorists are being advised to use an alternate route.

Highway 91 between St. George, Utah, and Littlefield, Arizona | Image from
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As of 10:28 a.m. Wednesday, traffic is backed up in the northbound lanes of I-15 from milepost 7 to milepost 13 in the Virgin River Gorge, Arizona Department of Public Safety Sgt. John Bottoms said.

The traffic congestion is due to road construction, Bottoms said.

“To avoid any delays, use old Highway 91,” he added.

Alternate route and tips for drivers

Those seeking to avoid the backup may take Highway 91 as an alternate route.

The highway bypasses the Virgin River 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.

To stay up to date with the latest highway conditions in Arizona, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at or call 511; outside of Arizona dial 1-888-411-ROAD (7623)

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  • Chris August 10, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Approximately how much longer is the detour, mileage-wise? Thank you.

    • DB August 10, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      My computer says an extra eight miles, with an extra 2000 feet elevation gain. I also think there is still road construction on the alternate route to deal with with as well, west of Santa Clara. Maybe not worth it, depending on where in St George you want to go.

      • .... August 10, 2016 at 9:06 pm

        DB ya gotta watch Fer them Trolls depending where you gonna go in St George eh ? Do you lick your plate when you go to a restaurant ?

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