My Father’s Highway

My Father’s Highway is the epic story of how an impossible road was built on an improbable route and the people who overcame every obstacle, even death to make sure it happened. To this day it represents one of the most expensive and spectacular engineering feats in the history of the United States Interstate Highway System. The finished road takes a traveler on a 500-million-year geological journey, on a four- lane super highway that has become the economic lifeline of the Desert Southwest.

The film was produced and directed by Phil Tuckett, Professor of Digital Film and Executive Director, DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival at Dixie State University. Southwest

“I had always wanted to do this film since my wife and I returned to St George. I was told there was a road through a slot canyon that was impassable, even on a horse, and now, there was a four-lane highway on it,” said Tuckett. I always wondered where did that come from and who built it.”

This film tells the story about the route from Los Angeles northward – U.S. Interstate 15 – through Las Vegas and crosses a section of rugged, high mountain Mojave Desert in the extreme northwest portion of Arizona. It then continues north to the Arizona/Utah border past St. George, Utah. This portion of I15 was completed in 1973 at the cost of more than $61 million or $100 an inch. The road winds through the Virgin River Gorge, at times only 150 wide with 2000 ft. cliffs towering on either side, revealing breathtaking scenic beauty.

Hosted by Producer Phil Tuckett


MARCH 30 @ 7 pm

Dixie Technical College

610 S. Tech Ridge Drive, Bldg. A, St. George, UT

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