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ST. GEORGE – Travel between St. George and Las Vegas on Interstate 15 is not possible in light of Interstate 15 being closed Monday due to flooding that washed out portions of the road between Nevada mile markers 64-112 north of Las Vegas between Glendale and Mesquite in Clark County, Nevada.
Travel impacts Tuesday
- I-15 northbound and southbound remains closed at Moapa, Nevada, mile markers 64–112.
- I-15 northbound and southbound between Mesquite and St. George is open.
Alternate route through Valley of Fire
UPDATE 11:48 a.m. Nevada Department of Transportation is working on opening up I-15 at Nevada Exit 93 junction with state Route 169 to Logandale and Overton, according to a text message from Arizona Highway Patrol Sgt. John T. Bottoms. This would allow rerouting traffic through the Valley of Fire to reach Las Vegas.
The detour will be available to passenger traffic only, Bottoms said, and no commercial traffic will be permitted to travel south of Mesquite, Nevada. Bottoms said very long delays are expected as all of the traffic stopped in Nevada will proceed on that route. Watch for further updates confirming the Valley of Fire alternate route is open before proceeding.
UPDATE 3:35 p.m. From the St. George Police Department:
We’ve got some good news for residents who need to head to the Las Vegas area! Per Nevada Highway Patrol, drivers can take I-15 southbound to Exit 93, where they will be directed onto SR 169 through the Valley Of Fire, and then brought back around to I-15 southbound. Please take your time and be safe!
UPDATE 9:40 p.m. According to information from the Moapa Tribal Police Department, traffic is flowing both northbound and southbound on the alternate route through the Valley of Fire. Those traveling south to Las Vegas can travel on the alternate route through Valley of Fire and take Exit 75 to reach Las Vegas, but travelers cannot return north that way. Exit 93 is open, so drivers can travel through Logandale and Overton.
To return to Utah from Las Vegas, travelers can exit from northbound I-15 on Exit 64 at Love’s Travel Stop in north Las Vegas and take the back road toward Ely, according to information from the Moapa Tribal Police Department.
Alternate route through Lincoln County
If you must travel to and from Las Vegas, the roads through Lincoln County, Nevada, are open, specifically Nevada Hwy 93, Hwy 319, Utah Hwy 56, Utah Hwy 18, I-15 in Utah.
From St. George to Las Vegas: Take Highway 18 to Utah Highway 56, which becomes Nevada Highway 319 to U.S. Highway 93, to I-15 in Nevada.
Live report from the road – alternate route
Time 10 a.m. MDT – St. George News reporter John Teas left St. George. Traffic on Bluff Street was heavy and rain was coming down hard.
Water running across Highway 18, 2 miles north of Snow Canyon Parkway, with much debris on the road and many semitrailer trucks.
“They’ve got to be very very careful, the road is flooding down by Winchester where it dips down by the golf course,” Dammeron Valley resident Lesa Kesner said at 11 a.m. “We’ve had a little bit of flooding out here, but they haven’t called in first responders yet.”
John Teas travel time from St. George to Veyo was 30 minutes.
At 10:42 a.m., Teas reported from Enterprise that the sun was out and roads were dry.
11:20 a.m. City of St. George: “Even though the storm cell has passed through the area, please avoid accessing any washes in St. George. There are a number of streets impacted by the heavy rainfall and city crews are detouring traffic and beginning clean up.”
At 12:15 p.m. John Teas reported that traffic on Highway 18 had been moving at 15 mph.
At 12:54 p.m. Teas had reached Caliente, three hours since leaving St. George.
There has been a 10-mile traffic backup in all directions at the junction of Nevada Highway 319 and U.S. Highway 93, Teas said. He was dead stopped on Highway 319 5 miles east of Highway 93, north of Caliente.
“Semi trucks nose to tail for miles,” Teas texted.
Teas reported arriving downtown Las Vegas at 4 p.m. MDT, making the drive a six-hour drive St. George to Las Vegas
Refresh for updates
- News LIVE: Old Highway 91 closed, flooding in Santa Clara, Ivins; STGnews Photo Gallery
- News LIVE: I-15 to Mesquite reopened; Updated at 10 a.m.
- News LIVE: Northbound I-15 through gorge open; Updated 11 p.m.
- Rains wash out parts of Interstate 15, Nevada
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