Will it happen? NDOT says I-15 construction by Mesquite will be mostly done by Thanksgiving – St George News

ST. GEORGE — The Nevada Department of Transportation announced the milling and paving stages of construction on Interstate 15 by Mesquite would be completed temporarily by the Thanksgiving holidays.

Nevada Dept. of Transportation announced the construction south of Mesquite will be completed by Thanksgiving, Mesquite, NV, August 5, 2022 | Photo by Nick Yamashita, St. George News

The overnight release from public information officer, Justin Hopkins states, “The final, open-grade paving will resume in April or May of 2023. Work will be done during hours to avoid high temperatures. There will be work associated with the project completed between November and April, but it will not impact traffic flows on I-15.”

With the holidays next month, the news of the construction temporarily ending until mid-next year will be well received by travelers between Southern Utah and Las Vegas.

Hopkins also announced no more ramp closures for the rest of the year. The last full ramp closure was the Bunkerville during the week of Oct. 3. There have been partial closures since then, including the Bunkerville exit, Carp-Elgin road exit, and the truck stop area at the top of Mormon Mesa by mile marker 111.

The construction work zone area has received a lot of local and national media attention as vehicle collisions have occurred multiple times during the project. It has resulted in several deaths as a result of the incidents.

Accident at mile marker 103 nearby construction on Interstate 15 south of Mesquite, Nev., March 2022 | Photo courtesy of Moapa Valley Fire Department, St. George News

The Virgin River Bridge Project in Arizona by Beaver Dam and Littlefield is still scheduled to be completed by Spring 2024. The most recent news is traffic congestion and back-up in both northbound and southbound lanes at the bridge.

Southbound has at times been backed up into the Virgin River Gorge, especially on weekends.

The best times to travel that area of ​​I-15 are before 8 am and after 10 pm Pacific time. NDOT still recommends having plenty of fuel and water and expecting delays at certain times of the day, especially during travel hours to work and after-work shifts. The milling and paving reportedly will be completed by Thanksgiving.

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