Arizona DOT announces completion of I-15 bridge renovation in Virgin River Gorge

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Courtesy: Arizona Department of Transportation

The Arizona Department of Transportation announced Friday the completion of renovations on a bridge in the Virgin River Gorge, part of the I-15 corridor connecting Utah and Nevada.

The two-year renovation of “Virgin River Bridge No. 6” is part of $50 million in upgrades. A news release from ADOT said the project was particularly challenging because of the terrain. The bridge stands 100 feet above the Virgin River in a narrow canyon.

“I-15 in the Virgin River Gorge is an extremely curvy section of freeway,” said ADOT engineer Adam Carreon. “Access was extremely limited. We had to build a steep road to bring equipment, materials and workers to the work site.”

The renovation required 4,000 cubic yards of structural concrete, 3 million pounds of structural steel, 910,000 pounds of reinforcing steel, 3,600 tons of asphalt and 4,000 tons of earth moved.

Bridge renovation time lapse video