The highway that connects I-15 with Zion National Park for travel from the south remained closed Monday along with several local roads as a result of the loss of the Quail Creek Dike on New Year's Day.
I-15, which had been closed because of concern over the condition of numerous bridges in the Virgin River Gorge just south of the Arizona state line, was reopened to traffic on Sunday afternoon, officials said.A bridge on U-9 near Hurricane, just below the Quail Creek Dam and the dike that burst, was destroyed by Sunday's flooding, according to a Utah Highway Patrol dispatcher.
Drivers bound for Hurricane or Zion National Park from I-15 will have to use U-17, which goes through Toquerville before connecting with U-9 north of Hurricane.
Area bridges that were also washed out by the early morning disaster include the Washington Fields Bridge, located along a county road in the small community of Washington, a Washington County Sheriff's dispatcher said.
A bridge on River Road, which leads into Bloomington Hills, was closed to traffic because of the floodwaters, according to a St. George police dispatcher.
Traffic had been limited to one vehicle at a time on the Man of War Bridge in Bloomington. But the bridge was opened to regular traffic at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday after it was deemed safe, the St. George dispatcher said.