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Paving on I-15 in northwest Arizona to finish next week

posted May 29, 2013, 9:38 AM by Joy Eastwood   [ updated Mar 31, 2014, 4:08 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Crews are scheduled to complete paving next week on the Virgin River Gorge passage on Interstate 15, which connects Nevada and Utah in northwest Arizona. 

The following restrictions will be in place the week of May 28-31: 

·  I-15 narrowed to one lane in each direction from the Virgin River Gorge to the Utah state line (mileposts 13-29) from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 28 to Friday, May 31 

·  Speeds will be reduced to 45 mph through the work zone. 

·  All paving work is scheduled to be completed on May 31. 

The $11.6 million project includes removal of a layer of the existing pavement and repaving the roadway from the Virgin River Gorge to the Utah state line on I-15, which is a major commercial and travel corridor that connects Mexico and Canada. When completed, the project will provide smoother, longer-lasting pavement that will improve safety and mobility. 

The project, which started last summer, resumed earlier this month as crews applied the top layer of asphalt to the 16-mile segment of highway after a winter shutdown.

ADOT remains committed to the I-15 corridor and has budgeted nearly $15 million to repave another 13-mile portion of the highway that extends to the Nevada state line in 2015. 

The work zone will be clearly marked by temporary barricades and signage. ADOT advises drivers to allow additional time to reach their destinations and to expect at least a 30-minute delay or greater on weekends. Drivers are also advised to proceed through the work zone with caution, comply with the reduced speed limit, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel. 

ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule. 

 For more information, email or call the ADOT project hotline at 1.855.712.8530. or for more information about ADOT. For more information about ADOT projects and programs across Arizona see the agency's latest blog posts at