ST. GEORGE — A new roadway that will help divert national park-bound traffic away from the heart of Toquerville, as well as an announcement for a planned development that will accompany the new road, were presented to residents of the small community Saturday afternoon.
"This is an amazing event for Toquerville. We've got big things coming up," Toquerville Mayor Lynn Chamberlain told town residents gathered at the town park. Chamberlain was one of a handful of officials who spoke about the Toquerville Bypass and the anticipated changes that roadway will bring with it.
The new roadway, which will be built on the western side of Toquerville where a dirt road already exists, will connect traffic coming off Interstate 15 to state Route 9 without having to pass through Toquerville proper. Chamberlain said this has been in the works for many years and has only been able to move forward in the last couple of years.
It'll be the fastest, shortest way to Zion (National Park).
–Lynn Chamberlain, Toquerville mayor
"It'll be the fastest, shortest way to Zion (National Park)," Chamberlain said, adding that getting to the national park by way of Hurricane involves going through 11 sets of traffic signals.
While the new roadway will be built to handle the traffic heading to Zion National Park and help calm down traffic through the main part of Toquerville, Chamberlain said change will come with the roadway as well.