ST. GEORGE — Motorists traveling on Interstate 15 through the Virgin River Gorge Friday should expect traffic delays due to traffic volume through the Gorge construction zone.
As of 3:15 p.m. Friday, heavy traffic is backed up about 3 miles heading northbound into the Virgin River Gorge, Arizona Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol Sgt. John Bottoms said.
Motorists traveling through the area are advised to plan ahead and allow for traffic and construction delays and to drive with extra caution.
The $27 million rehabilitation of Virgin River Bridge No. 6 began in March 2014 and is anticipated to be completed in 2016. This significant project includes the replacement of the bridge’s superstructure – girders, deck and railings – as well as widening the roadway through the narrow passage of the Gorge.
While one travel lane remains open in each direction, motorists should slow down and drive carefully through work zones and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.
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.
- To stay up to date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at AZ511.gov or call 511; outside of Arizona, dial 1-888-411-ROAD (7623)
- For more information about this project, visit the website
- ADOT completes concrete pour for NB Bridge 6; Virgin River Gorge speed limits
- Virgin River Gorge: Prepare for traffic delays during upcoming concrete deck pour
- Expect delays; bridge girder installation begins of I-15, Virgin River Gorge; ADOT Video
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