- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

CEDAR CITY, Nev. (AP) - An emergency funding request to repair flood damage in Nevada will include a Utah road used when Interstate 15 closed.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1VbceT2) Utah State Road 56 stood in as a detour between Cedar City and Las Vegas for a week earlier this month when flood water closed Interstate 15.

A road that usually handles 500 cars per day served 25,000 vehicles daily. Traffic stretched for 22 miles at times.

Utah Department of Transportation spokesman Kevin Kitchen says the huge uptick in traffic caused ruts, potholes and other damage.

Kitchen says the state is drafting documentation to be submitted with Nevada’s application for emergency funding. Utah is asking for between $6 million and $7 million to repair the road.

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