MOHAVE COUNTY — On Tuesday, the Arizona Department of Transportation will begin the final phase of a pavement improvement project that began last summer on the Virgin River Gorge passage on Interstate-15 in northwest Arizona that links Nevada and Utah.
After shutting down for the winter, crews will apply the top layer of asphalt to a 16-mile segment of roadway now that the weather is optimal for work. Paving is expected to be completed by next month.
The following restrictions are in place next week:
- I-15 narrowed to one lane in each direction from the Virgin River Gorge to the Utah state line (mileposts 13-29) Tuesday to May 17 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Speeds will be reduced to 45 miles per hour through the work zone.
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.
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.
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.
To stay up-to-date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at www.az511.gov or call 511. Anywhere outside of Arizona, please call 1-888-411-ROAD (7623).
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.
Submitted by: Arizona Department of Transportation
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