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Arizona to begin bridge replacement project on Interstate 15

Virgin River Bridge No. 1 along I-15
Posted at 5:54 AM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 07:57:58-05

LITTLEFIELD, Ariz. — Construction crews are about to begin a yearslong project to replace a bridge on a stretch of Interstate 15 that passes through a cliff-lined river canyon that connects Nevada and Utah on opposite sides of Arizona’s northwestern corner.

The Arizona Department of Transportation says work on the $56 million project to replace Virgin River Bridge No. 1 will begin Monday, starting with months of work below the bridge.

The department said there will be traffic shifts later in the year but that one lane of traffic in each direction will remain open throughout the project.

"Work will include replacing the abutment foundations, piers and the bridge deck of Bridge No. 1. New pavement, pavement markings, guardrail and signage are also included in the project," a news release from the Arizona Department of Transportation says.

It's expected to be finished by fall of 2023.