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U-9 WORK HAS PAVED WAY FOR SPEEDERS

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Before U-9 to Zion National Park was expanded, traffic crawled behind 18-wheelers and RVs. But with extra lanes just opened, some drivers can't control themselves, often reaching 70 mph.

Law officers reported a large number of speeding tickets written the first weekend after construction was completed two weeks ago on the 55 mph road.And the tickets keep piling up.

"We're writing more citations since the road became four-lane," said Washington County sheriff's Sgt. Pete Kuhlmann.

The newly built passing lanes on a five-mile strip of the road from I-15 to Flora Tec Road will better accommodate travelers to the park.

Officials said the new lanes have eased congestion on the route, which connects the booming bedroom community of Hurricane to St. George in one direction and the park in the other. But it has also cleared the way for speeders.

Hurricane Police chief Lynn Excell said they will be enforcing the speed limit from the freeway all the way to the city.