Utah State Route 7

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For the former highway, see Utah State Route 7 (pre-1977).

State Route 7 marker

State Route 7
Southern Parkway
Route information
Defined by Utah Code §72-4-106
Maintained by UDOT
Length: 18.299 mi[2] (29.449 km)
Existed: 2009[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: I-15 in St George
East end: CURRENT: Sand Hollow Road near Sand Hollow State Park
FUTURE: SR-9 near Hurricane
Location
Counties: Washington
Highway system
  • State highways in Utah
US-6 SR-8

State Route 7 (SR-7), also known as Southern Parkway, is a state highway in Washington County in the extreme southwestern portion of Utah, United States. It connects the southern periphery of St George to Hurricane, while providing access to the St. George Regional Airport.[3]

Route description[edit]

State Route 7 starts at its intersection with I-15 in southwest St. George. From here it travels southeast for about 3 miles (4.8 km) to immediately north of the Utah-Arizona border, then turning east and paralleling the border. Past interchanges at Astragalus Drive and River Road, the road turns east-northeast and continues for 15 miles (24 km) until reaching its temporary terminus at Sand Hollow Road (immediately southwest of Sand Hollow State Park), passing Airport Parkway (which accesses the St. George Municipal Airport) and Washington Dam Road.[4]

History[edit]

Since the 1977 Utah state route renumbering, no route in Utah had been designated as State Route 7, until 2009 when the Utah State Legislature added the Southern Parkway from Pioneer Road to River Road to the state highway system.[1]

The first portion of the freeway opened 7 July 2009, a link between exit 2 at I-15 south of Bloomington (a suburb within the city of St. George) to River Road in south east St. George spanning 4 miles (6.4 km). It is the southern portion of a two-phase beltway around the St. George metro area.[5] The second portion was completed in November 2010, extending further east to the new St. George Regional Airport. The highway is eventually planned to extend 26 miles (41.8 km) northeast—as a four-lane freeway—to Hurricane, although initially there will be some at-grade intersections. These will be converted to interchanges as traffic volumes warrant.[6]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Washington County.

Location mi[2] km Exit Destinations Notes
St. George 0.000 0.000 I-15 – Las Vegas, Salt Lake City Western terminus; roadway continues west as Sun River Parkway, also I-15 Exit 2
0.444 0.715 1 Astragalus Drive/Black Mountain Drive
3.251 5.232 3 River Road Interchange is immediately north of Utah-Arizona border
5.911 9.513 6 Desert Canyons Parkway – St. George Regional Airport
7.082 11.397 7 Airport Parkway – St. George Regional Airport Full exit, road is 2 lanes from this point eastward as of 2014
Washington 10.385 16.713 10 Warner Valley Road
14.720 23.690 15 Washington Dam Road
18.299 29.449 Sand Hollow Road - Sand Hollow State Park, Hurricane No exit number; temporary eastern terminus
Immediately southwest of Sand Hollow State Park
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State Route 7 highway resolutions" (PDF). udot.utah.gov. Utah Department of Transportation. Sep 2009. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Highway Reference: State Route 7" (PDF). udot.gov. Utah Department of Transportation. 5 April 2016. Retrieved 22 January 2017 – via Highway Referencing. 
  3. ^ "UDOT to Open First Segment of State's Newest Highway". udot.utah.gov. Utah Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved 7 Jul 2009. 
  4. ^ "Southern Parkway Project map". Retrieved 3 Jan 2010. 
  5. ^ "Public Works Capital projects". sgcity.org. City of St George, department of public works. Retrieved 17 Jan 2009. 
  6. ^ "Traffic and transportation information exchange - Southern Parkway". sgcity.org. City of St George. Retrieved 17 Jan 2009. 

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