Expect Heavy Delays on I-15 Through the Virgin River Gorge Feb. 9-11
The largest project in more than 40 years has been underway since March 2014 on Arizona’s portion of Interstate 15 for the reconstruction of Virgin River Bridge. This engineering marvel is receiving an extensive rehabilitation that includes the replacement of the bridge’s superstructure (girders, deck and railings), as well as widening the roadway through the narrow passage of the scenic Virgin River Gorge. While the bridges are still considered safe for travel, they require extensive refurbishment to continue serving the substantial volume of traffic along the I-15 corridor.
The Arizona Department of Transportation is urging motorists traveling through the Virgin River Gorge on Interstate 15 to allow for extra travel time in February as part of an ongoing bridge reconstruction project.
This new phase of construction will begin on Tuesday Feb. 9 at 6 a.m. and ending at midnight on Thursday , Feb. 11. The crew will pour a new concrete bridge deck along the southbound Virgin River Bridge No. 6. ADOT received a $21.6 million federal grant for the Bridge No. 6 project in the fourth round of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER IV) grant program after the states of Nevada and Utah lent their support.
When this project was originally completed in 1973 after a decade of construction it was the most expensive section of rural highway ever built in the United States, per mile. The $27 million dollar project directly connects Nevada and Utah and is heavily traveled interstate from Southern California all the way to the Rocky Mountains. The Current cost estimates for all the necessary improvements have past the estimated costs of $250 million, while more funds are being requested.
ADOT will continue to keep at least one lane in each direction open during all phases of construction. Drivers are urged to plan ahead, allow extra travel time, slow down and drive carefully through the work zone, and be alert.