ARIZONA STRIP – Arizona Department of Transportation continues its 16-mile long I-15 repaving project through the Gorge.
Drivers can expect the following during the period of Sept. 22 through 28:
• Work hours will be 4 p.m. to noon the next day, MST, seven days per week.
• A southbound single-lane closure will be in effect 24 hours per day through each work zone, which will allow crews to remove old pavement and apply new pavement more efficiently.
• Saturday through Thursday, Sept. 2227, crews will repave the southbound right lane, which will be closed 24 hours per day.
• Next Friday, Sept. 28, crews will repave the southbound Cedar Pockets on-ramp and off-ramp at milepost 18, requiring the closure of those ramps during work hours.
• The speed limit through the work zone will be reduced to 45 mph.
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 proceed through the work zone with caution, comply with the reduced speed limit of 45 mph, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.
The $11.6 million project, which is scheduled for completion by the end of October, includes removal of a layer of the existing pavement and repaving the roadway from the Virgin River Gorge to the Utah State line (mileposts 13-29).
There is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule.
To avoid the repaving work in the Virgin River Gorge, Highway 91 provides an alternate route. The highway bypasses the gorge entirely. Southbound travelers will reconnect with I-15 at Littlefield, Ariz, while northbound travelers will follow the route into Santa Clara and then St. George via Sunset Boulevard. See map inset.
ADOT Traveler Information Center: www.az511.gov or call 511.
Project information: ADOT’s website
Mackenzie Kirby, Flagstaff District senior community relations officer, at