Paving on I-15 through Arizona to be completed by end of May

MOHAVE COUNTY, Ariz. – 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:

  • Tuesday through Friday: 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
  • Speed limit: Speeds will be reduced to 45 mph through the work zone.
  • Completion: 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.

Highway 91 from St. George and Littlefield, Ariz. | Image from Mapquest.com
Highway 91 from St. George and Littlefield, Ariz. | Image from Mapquest.com

Alternate route

Individuals seeking to avoid the repaving work in the Virgin River Gorge may take Old Highway 91 as 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 included map.

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 projects@azdot.gov or call the ADOT project hotline at 1-855-712-8530. Visit www.facebook.com/azdot or www.azdot.gov for more information about ADOT. For more information about ADOT projects and programs across Arizona see the agency’s latest blog posts at http://adotblog.blogspot.com.

Email: mkessler@stgnews.com

Twitter: @MoriKessler

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