VIRGIN RIVER GORGE, Ariz. — Traffic is backing up in the Virgin River Gorge Thursday afternoon as revelers head to Mesquite, Nevada for New Years Eve celebrations, Sgt. John Bottoms of the Arizona Department of Public Safety said.
ADOT is working on a major reconstruction of the Virgin River Bridge No. 6 at milepost 16, midway between Mesquite and St. George, Utah, approximately 100 miles northeast of Las Vegas.
The Interstate is narrowed to one lane in each direction through the work zone until the project is completed in 2016.
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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