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To communicate traffic information and navigation details regarding the $56 million I-15 Virgin River Bridge replacement project to motorists, the Arizona Department of Transportation helped develop a free mobile application for Apple and Android devices.

[Above photo by the Arizona DOT]

Designed by Kiewit Corporation, the contractor for the I-15 bridge replacement project, the new smartphone app – entitled “Virgin River Bridge” – issues updates on construction activities that may affect traffic flow on I-15, including lane restrictions and oversize truck detours.

Logo via the Arizona DOT

Width restrictions means that all vehicles wider than 10 feet must use a 224-mile detour route during construction, the agency noted. Additionally, the overweight restriction means all vehicles weighing over 129,000 pounds must also use that detour. New road signs, as well as information provided by the new mobile 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, Utah.

“This project seemed like a great fit to have its own [mobile] app to keep the public updated on construction progress and traffic impacts because most of the traffic on this section of I-15 is passing through from one state to another,” explained Brenden Foley, assistant district engineer for Arizona DOT’s Northcentral District, in a statement.

“We especially encourage truck drivers who use I-15 frequently to download this app in order to stay current on traffic impacts while we improve Bridge No. 1,” Foley added.

The Arizona DOT said it should complete this bridge replacement project by the spring of 2024.

editor@aashto.org

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