4 miles of Southern Parkway opened near St. George

4 miles of Southern Parkway opened near St. George

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ST. GEORGE -- The Utah Department of Transportation cut the ribbon on Utah's newest and southernmost highway Tuesday.

Officials opened the first four miles of the Southern Parkway, which runs along the Utah-Arizona border. It's a move that had St. George's mayor singing with excitement.

"Hoorah for Dixie, ‘cause I'm from Dixie too!" Mayor Daniel McArthur sang.

Then McArthur added, "Well, this road and where it's going is for Dixie. It's for all of us."

The next phase of the highway, also known as state Route 7, will connect to St. George's new airport. Later phases will circle through eastern Washington County and reconnect back to Interstate 15.

This first phase of the project cost $58.5 million and has been 20 years in the making.

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