ST. GEORGE – Those traveling between St. George and Las Vegas are offered alternate routes to direct travel on Interstate 15 in light of a section of the highway between Nevada mile markers 64-112, between Glendale and Mesquite in Clark County, Nevada, being washed out by heavy rains and flooding Monday night.
Trooper Chelsea Webster, public information officer for Nevada Highway Patrol, Southern Command, confirmed an alternate route around the Valley of Fire area available to passenger vehicles only, and said that the NHP prefers vehicles route through Lincoln County into or out of Utah.
Allowing for some variations in accessing the alternate routes, Webster confirms available alternate routes as follow:
Alternate route through the Valley of Fire, Nevada
Note: This route is available to passenger vehicles only. Anyone that is not in a regular car, minivan, basic pickup will be turned away from this route, Webster said. Prohibited vehicles include anything bigger than a passenger vehicle, anything with more weight than a passenger vehicle, including semitrailer trucks, moving trucks the likes of a U-Haul, anything towing a trailer of any sort.
Southbound: The Valley of Fire alternate route opens up I-15 southbound at Nevada Exit 93 junction with state Route 169 towards Logandale, routing back to I-15 southbound at the other side.
Northbound option for passenger vehicles only: Travelers from Las Vegas may take I-15 northbound to Nevada Exit 75, the Valley of Fire turnoff, to state Route 169, where they’ll pass through Logandale, and will get back on the I-15 northbound at about Nevada mile marker 93.
Alternate route through Lincoln County, Nevada
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.
From Cedar City to Las Vegas: Take Highway 56, which becomes Nevada Highway 319, to U.S. Highway 93, to I-15 in Nevada.
Northbound option for all travel from Las Vegas to Cedar City: Exit northbound I-15 at Nevada Exit 64 at Love’s Travel Stop in north Las Vegas, to U.S. Highway 93 to state Route 319, which becomes Utah Highway 56 northbound reconnecting to I-15 in Cedar City OR diverting off Highway 56 onto Highway 18 into St. George.
The NHP prefers those traveling between Las Vegas and St. George, both directions, use the Lincoln County alternate routes, Webster said, despite the travel time involved.
Because of the increased traffic on the Lincoln County routes due to commercial traffic being detoured that direction the normal travel time from St. George to Las Vegas on that route of 4.5 hours is being reported by St. George News reporter John Teas, who drove it Tuesday, and readers as taking from 6-10 hours or more. Expect slow moving semis on steep grades and single lane highways in both directions.
St. George News readers have reported mostly smooth sailing on the Valley of Fire alternate routes – times vary. But, again, these routes are only available to standard passenger vehicles.
Below are three variation maps for point of reference purposes. These are not the only routes and do not purport to reflect all variations described in this report. People are encouraged to consult map resources available to them.
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