Truckers Warned to Expect Lengthy Delays Along Heavily-Traveled Stretch of I-15 in Arizona
Littlefield, AZ – The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is advising motorists and truckers to plan for delays along a heavily-traveled stretch of Interstate 15 beginning next week.
A $56 million bridge replacement project along a 29-mile-long portion of I-15 — which began in February — is continuing as lane restrictions are set to begin Wednesday, September 8, on Virgin River Bridge No. 1.
This bridge is an important element of I-15, which provides a vital commercial link between the states of California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah.
According to ADOT, drivers should be prepared to stop and proceed through the work zone with caution while the following around-the-clock restrictions are in place:
• I-15 between mileposts 8 and 9, near the community of Littlefield, will be narrowed to one lane in each direction across the bridge.
• A vehicle width limit of 10 feet and a weight limit of 129,000 pounds will be in place.
• The speed limit in the construction zone will be reduced to 45 mph.
ADOT notes the width and overweight restrictions mean that all vehicles wider than 10 feet or heavier than 129,000 pounds will need to use a 224-mile detour route during construction.
A new smartphone app designed to provide traffic information and project updates to I-15 drivers is now available for free download on Apple and Android devices.
The app, called “Virgin River Bridge,” will provide updates of construction activities that likely will impact traffic flow on I-15, ADOT said.
Signs, as well as the new app, will direct oversize vehicles to the detour route of US 93, Nevada State Route 319 and Utah State Route 56 between Las Vegas and Cedar City, UT.
Information from the app also is available on GPS navigation apps such as Drivewyze and Waze.
The lane restrictions are expected to be in place through spring 2023 with the project set to be completed in spring 2024.