As the Arizona Department of Transportation continues to make considerable progress on the project to replace the Interstate 15 Virgin River Bridge No. 6 in the far northwest corner of Arizona, motorists traveling between Mesquite, Nevada, and St. George, Utah, are advised to be aware of an upcoming traffic switch that will in place next week.
Beginning at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30, northbound traffic, which has been traveling on the southbound bridge since December 2014, will be shifted to the newly reconstructed and widened northbound Virgin River Bridge No. 6 to allow for ADOT to rebuild the southbound bridge. Following the Labor Day holiday weekend (Sept. 5-7) southbound traffic will diverted onto the northbound bridge until construction is completed on the southbound bridge.
While one travel lane will remain open in each direction, motorists are reminded to slow down and drive carefully through work zones and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.
This $27 million rehabilitation 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. The project, which started in spring 2014, is anticipated to be completed in 2016.
With limited alternate routes available due to the remote location of the I-15 Virgin River Gorge corridor, ADOT urges drivers to plan ahead, allow extra travel time, slow down and drive carefully through the work zone, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.