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Virgin River Bridge replacement project to begin on I-15

PHOENIX (AP) — 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, Feb. 8, 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.

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

“We continue to make progress rehabilitating the I-15 bridges through the Virgin River Gorge,” said Audra Merrick, district engineer for ADOT’s Northcentral District. “This latest project will extend the life of the bridge and help commerce to continue flowing through this region.”

Arizona’s 29-mile-long stretch of I-15 connects Nevada and Utah, linking southern California with the Rocky Mountain area.

Contributing: Linda Williams, KSL.com

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