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Bridge improvement work progresses in I-15 Virgin River Gorge

posted Feb 26, 2014, 3:25 PM by Joy Eastwood   [ updated Mar 13, 2014, 2:37 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Motorists reminded to plan ahead for delays

Construction work on a series of bridge rehabilitation projects along the Interstate 15 Virgin River Gorge corridor in Arizona is underway, and motorists traveling between Mesquite, Nevada, and St. George, Utah should plan ahead for delays in both directions through the work zones.

Drivers should allow for up to 15 minutes extra travel time weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Additional delay time may occur on weekends due to heavier traffic volumes and special events – including spring break from mid-March through late April.

On Monday and Tuesday, March 3-4, northbound and southbound traffic is scheduled to be switched to the northbound lanes at Virgin River Bridge No. 2 and Bridge No. 3 (both at milepost 13, approximately 15 miles north of Mesquite, Nevada) and Bridge No. 7 (milepost 22, approximately 15 miles south of St. George, Utah) to allow work on the southbound bridge deck surfaces to begin.  Anticipated completion for this $2.8 million project is this summer.

Construction on Virgin River Bridge #6 (milepost 15.58) begins in March and this $27 million project involves reconstructing the existing 4-span steel girder bridge to provide a four-lane undivided roadway section with wider shoulders. Anticipated completion is 2015.

Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead, slow down and drive carefully through work zones, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel. ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions. Unscheduled restrictions or closures may occur.

To stay up-to-date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center ataz511.gov or call 511; outside of Arizona dial 1-888-411-ROAD (7623).

For more information about these projects, please visit www.azdot.gov/I15virginriver. If you have questions about the project you can email ADOT at projects@azdot.gov or call the agency’s Project Hotline at 1.855.712.8530.