ST. GEORGE — Motorists traveling on Interstate 15 through the Virgin River Gorge should plan ahead for construction delays of up to 15 minutes, as bridge demolition begins Tuesday, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Traffic is scheduled to be switched to the southbound lanes Tuesday at the Virgin River Bridge No. 6 at Arizona mile marker 16 to allow for demolition of half of the existing bridge structure. While one travel lane will remain open in each direction, motorists are reminded to slow down, drive carefully through work zones and watch for construction equipment and personnel.
The $27 million rehabilitation of Virgin River Bridge No. 6 began in March, and completion is anticipated in 2016. This major project includes the replacement of the bridge’s superstructure, including its girders, deck and railings, as well as widening the roadway through the narrow passage of the Gorge.
Drivers should allow up to 15 minutes extra travel time weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during construction. Longer delays may occur on weekends due to heavier traffic volume and special events. The busiest travel times through the Gorge are Friday through Sunday. With limited alternate routes available for the I-15 Virgin River Gorge corridor, ADOT urges drivers to plan ahead and allow extra travel time.
ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions. Unscheduled restrictions or closures may occur. To stay up to date with the latest highway conditions in Arizona, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at az511.gov or call 511; outside Arizona, telephone 888-411-7623.
Alternate route and tips for drivers
Those seeking to avoid the construction work in the Virgin River Gorge may take Highway 91 as an alternate route. The highway bypasses the gorge entirely, intersecting with I-15 at Littlefield, Arizona, to the south, and connecting to St. George at the north via Santa Clara and Sunset Boulevard. See map included in this article.
- For information about this project, visit ADOT’s Virgin River Bridge webpage
- For questions about the project, email ADOT or call the project hotline at 1-855-712-8530.
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