HURRICANE — The completion of the fifth and final segment of the Southern Parkway – and thus the completion of the entire roadway from Interstate 15 to state Route 9 – was celebrated with a ribbon cutting event Wednesday morning.
Local officials, road planners, cyclists and others met on the overpass marking the intersection of Sand Hollow Road and the Southern Parkway, which is officially designated as state Route 7, to commemorate the end of a process that began in 2004 and has cost an estimated $250 million to build.
“Today’s a great day,” Hurricane Mayor John Bramall said at the event, noting that the road leads right to Sand Hollow Reservoir and Quail Creek, both of which are recreational hot spots in the county. It also provides a more direct route to Zion National Park.
For people traveling north from Nevada with an intent to visit Sand Hollow, Quail Creek or Zion, the Southern Parkway will allow them to bypass the traffic through St. George and Washington City, while also avoiding a handful of traffic lights on SR-9.
The Southern Parkway will also offer an alternative route for travelers in case an incident causes I-15 to be shut down anywhere between Exits 2 and 16 for an extended period.
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