Holiday travelers heading to California and Arizona after the New Year’s weekend may wish to explore alternate routes because of heavy traffic on southbound Interstate 15 and U.S. Highways 95 and 93.
In a tweet Monday afternoon, the Regional Transportation Commission warned travelers to prepare for major delays as southbound drivers were caught in a 26-mile backup on I-15 from south of Las Vegas into California.
#FASTALERT 1/2/2017 12PM,=UPDATE= Travel Alert, I-15 Southbound to California, 22 mile backup from Stateline, Prepare for Major Delays
— RTC Southern Nevada (@RTCSNV) January 2, 2017
To avoid the congestion in Primm, Nevada Highway Patrol’s Southern Command suggested on Twitter that drivers take state Route 160 northbound to state Route 372 southbound and get on the I-15 in Baker, California.
— NHP Southern Command (@NHPSouthernComm) January 2, 2017
The heavy holiday traffic lasted well into Monday evening. The commission reported an improvement on southbound I-15 from “long delays” to “slow traffic” at 8 p.m. The intial 26-mile backup dwindled down to a 4-mile backup as of 8 p.m.
#FASTALERT 1/2/2017 8PM, =UPDATE= Travel Alert, I-15 Southbound to California, 4 mile backup from Stateline, Caution Slow Traffic
— RTC Southern Nevada (@RTCSNV) January 3, 2017
The commission also reported traffic delays on southbound U.S. 95/93 past College Drive through Boulder City.
The Arizona Department of Transportation tweeted about heavy traffic on U.S. 93 southbound into Kingman.
Heavy holiday traffic on US 93 southbound into Kingman. Allow extra travel time. pic.twitter.com/zr6mv749vo
— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) January 2, 2017
Review-Journal Reporter Rio Lacanlale contributed to this story. Contact Rachel Hershkovitz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-383-0381. Follow @rzhershkovitz on Twitter.