I-15 Virgin River Bridge No. 6 update

About a month ago, we shared a quick update on the I-15 Virgin River Bridge No. 6 rehabilitation project – you might remember seeing photos of the bridge deck demolition and rockfall containment work.

Today, we’ve got even more project details for you in the video above…

ADOT Resident Engineer Adam Carreon explains that up until now, most of the work has been below the deck (and drivers), but that has changed.

“The substructure is complete, all the columns and piers are built, the abutments are built, but a lot of the work now is transitioning to the top side of the bridge, where the public will have a view of everything going on and really see a big change with the replacement of the deck,” he says in the video.

What drivers need to know
Earlier this week, crews began work to install the girders on the new northbound bridge structure. The work will continue through the end of March and will require intermittent traffic breaks. Drivers traveling on I-15 between Mesquite, Nevada and St. George, Utah, should plan ahead for construction delays.

Drivers will also want to prepare for potential delays next weekend (March 6-8) due to a NASCAR racing event at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. While no active construction will take place during the weekend, ADOT anticipates an increase in traffic as motorists make their way through the existing work zone that’s nearly 100 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

What’s ahead
The $27 million bridge rehabilitation project began in March 2014 and is anticipated to be complete in 2016. Work 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.

“Over the next six months, we’re going to build the northbound section of the bridge,” says Carreon in the video above. “Once that happens, we’ll switch traffic onto the new bridge and start the same process over again on the southbound side.”

Learn more by checking out our previous posts.