'We see a lot of people heading south': Caution advised as vacationers descend on southern Utah's roads

Traffic backs up at the St. George Boulevard/Exit 8 interchange in St. George, Utah, Feb. 12. Heavy traffic is expected in St. George for the Labor Day weekend.

Traffic backs up at the St. George Boulevard/Exit 8 interchange in St. George, Utah, Feb. 12. Heavy traffic is expected in St. George for the Labor Day weekend. (Mori Kessler, St. George News)



ST. GEORGE — Long considered the unofficial end of summer, Labor Day sparks a large wave of travel as vacationers seek that last hoorah of the season before cooler temperatures roll in and school gets back on track. And as the holiday weekend approaches, heavy traffic is expected in southern Utah.

Many began to hit the roads Thursday and Friday to migrate south from northern Utah to destinations like Zion National Park, Sand Hollow State Park, St. George and beyond, Kevin Kitchen, a spokesman for the Utah Department of Transportation, told St. George News.

"It's that last vacation of the year, so we see a lot of people heading south," he said.

In order to keep travel on Interstate 15 clear for the holiday weekend, UDOT isn't engaging in any highway construction or maintenance projects during that time, Kitchen said.

As southbound travel hits Washington County and St. George over the next few days, a bit of congestion on southbound highway ramps off I-15 and the surrounding roadways is expected.

Traffic on St. George Boulevard through 1000 East and River Road is anticipated to be high as a result of the holiday traffic. The 1000 East intersection is one of St. George's main entry and exit points and is considered one of the worst intersections for crashes in the city and Utah overall.

Read the full article at St. George News.

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