ST. GEORGE — Motorists traveling on Interstate 15 along the Virgin River Gorge in the far northwest corner of Arizona, should plan ahead for construction delays up to 15 minutes now and throughout the week for rockfall containment work, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
There have been some traffic delays Monday, traffic has been heavy and by some reports at a standstill this afternoon due to construction work. As of 2:30 p.m. Monday, northbound traffic is improving but still backed up, Arizona Department of Public Safety highway patrol Sgt. John Bottoms said.
In addition to the ongoing construction work on Virgin River Bridge No. 6, crews are currently removing rocks within the work zone through Jan. 23. This rockfall containment work requires rolling lane closures to allow for the safety of both the construction crews and the traveling public.
While one travel lane will remain open in each direction, motorists should slow down and drive carefully through work zones and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.
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.
Drivers should allow for up to 15 minutes extra travel time during construction, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Additional delay time may occur on weekends due to heavier traffic volume and special events.
The busiest travel times through the Gorge are Friday through Sundays. With limited alternate routes due to the remote location of the I-15 Virgin River Gorge corridor, ADOT urges drivers to plan ahead and allow extra travel time.
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.
Submitted by the Arizona Department of Transportation
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