Sheldon Demke, St. George News

Test of new traffic alert system underway on I-15 in Virgin River Gorge

By Mori Kessler, St. George News | Posted - Sep. 18, 2019 at 9:15 a.m.

ST. GEORGE — In an effort to reduce emergency braking and collisions that can occur as traffic slows and stops due to continuing work on the bridges through the Virgin River Gorge, the Arizona Department of Transportation has rolled out a system designed to let motorists know what’s ahead of them.

Called the Queue Warning System, Sgt. John Bottoms of the Arizona Department of Public Safety said it consists of a system of sensors and mobile bulletin boards set up along northbound Interstate 15 starting at the Nevada border.

The sensors register how fast traffic is going and relays the information to the bulletin boards several miles ahead of them. If the sensors pick up slowed or stopped traffic, the bulletin boards will relay a message to drivers telling them to expect delayed traffic down the road.

“It will let you know miles in advance,” said Ryan Harding, ADOT public information officer.

Currently, two bridges along the Arizona stretch of I-15 are being resurfaced while another is receiving a new deck. This has reduced traffic through these areas to a single lane.

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Mori Kessler

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