ST. GEORGE — The wait is over. Main Street in Washington City has reopened after several months of closure caused by ongoing interchange construction.

This file photo shows Main Street prior to being closed for the construction of the incoming I-15/Exit 11 interchange in Washington City , Utah, May 4, 2023 | Photo by Haven Scott, St. George News

The Utah Department of Transportation announced Friday that Main Street between 400 North and Buena Vista Boulevard will have one lane open during the day and both lanes open in the evenings and on weekends.

While UDOT stated Main Street could be opened “as early as this weekend,” Blake Fonnesbeck, Washington City’s public works director, said it was already accessible.

“I have driven through it twice,” he said Friday. “It is still very much a construction zone and one lane either direction with traffic cones on either side. It also has temporary stop lights on either end.”

Road work will continue between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. with one-way, alternating traffic controlled by temporary traffic signals. All traffic, including bicyclists, are required to obey signal operations.

Motorists should expect minor travel delays during work hours.

During after-work hours and on weekends, the temporary traffic signals will not be in effect and both lanes will be open.

Main Street was closed in May 2023 as a part of the overall construction of the incoming Exit 11/Main Street interchange on Interstate 15. The new interchange is designed to ease traffic congestion at the Spring Springs/Exit 10 interchange and surrounding area. The project is expected to wrap up later this year.

Accompanying the construction of the Main Street interchange is UDOT’s widening of I-15 between the Green Springs/Exit 10 and Washington Parkway/Exit 13 interchanges. This project is slated to conclude by the end of summer with travel possibly returning to normal around the start of August.

St. George News report Haven Scott contributed to this story.

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