I-15 bridge improvement work progresses along Virgin River Gorge

Bridge girder installation begins Monday; ADOT advises motorists to plan ahead for delays

PHOENIX — As progress continues on the reconstruction of Virgin River Bridge No. 6, the Arizona Department of Transportation is urging motorists traveling on Interstate 15 between Mesquite, Nevada, and St. George, Utah, to plan ahead for construction delays up to 20 minutes next week.

Beginning on Monday, Feb. 23, crews will install the girders on the new northbound bridge structure.

This work, which will continue through the end of March, will require intermittent rolling lane closures to allow for the safety of both construction crews and the traveling public. Work hours will be Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m. to noon.

For more information on the intermittent traffic breaks that will occur, watch the YouTube video.

While one travel lane will remain open in each direction, motorists are reminded to slow down and drive carefully through the work zone and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.

The $27 million rehabilitation of Virgin River Bridge No. 6 (milepost 16) began in March 2014, and is anticipated to be complete in 2016. This significant project includes the replacement of the bridge’s superstructure (girders, deck and railings), as well as widening the roadway through the narrow passage of the Virgin River Gorge.  

Drivers should allow for up to 15 minutes extra travel time during regular construction activities occurring on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Additional delay time may occur on weekends due to heavier traffic volume and special events.

The busiest travel time through the Gorge is Friday through Sunday. With limited alternate routes due to the remote location of the I-15 Virgin River Gorge corridor, ADOT urges drivers to plan ahead and allow extra travel time.

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 at az511.gov or call 5-1-1; outside Arizona, dial 1.888.411.ROAD (7623).