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Nevada DOT: 2015 Year in Review

Posted by Infra on Friday, January 8th, 2016

We broke ground on several important projects including the first phase of Interstate 11 that will eventually connect Las Vegas to Phoenix, and the U.S. 95/215 “Centennial Bowl” in Northwest Las Vegas that will greatly enhance traffic mobility and motorist safety.

We are gearing up for Project NEON which will widen a section of I-15 between Sahara Avenue and the Spaghetti Bowl beginning next year.

Our Nevada bridges continue to be ranked some of the nation’s best! And we’re keeping them that way with seismic retrofitting to help make our bridges resistant to seismic activity, including the 5.0 earthquake that occurred in southern Nevada in May.
Reducing potential water quality impacts from construction, maintenance and other roadway activities is a top priority for NDOT. Our new Stormwater division continues to help preserve water quality for Nevadans today and well into the future.
Other important NDOT programs include our freight plan being developed to pave the way for future freight and transportation enhancements, our Zero Fatalities program to save lives on our roadways and our State Farm sponsored Freeway Service Patrol program that helps keep roads clear in Vegas and Reno.

This year through careful budgeting, planning and having projects “ready-to-go, “ NDOT brought home an additional 10.3 million dollars in federal transportation spending authority for Nevada road projects.

The Statewide Transportation Program—or STIP, went electronic this year! Through our new ESTIP website, finding out about important planned projects is as easy as typing in a key word.

NDOT continues to dedicate millions of dollars to pedestrian safety improvements. We replaced a pedestrian crosswalk with a traffic signal on North Virginia Street in Reno and are making other pedestrian improvements in Reno, Clark County and Lake Tahoe.

Since keeping you safe and connected is always our most important goal, you’ll see an enhanced NDOT logo and driver information as part of our new communications plan. The heart of the plan is our new “Safe and Connected” tagline that highlights our dedication to providing a safe and mobile transportations system for the state.

With safety as our top priority, it was with heavy hearts that this year we dedicated a star on NDOT’s memorial wall in memory of Ron Raiche Jr., a valued employee who was tragically struck and killed by a semi-truck while making repairs to I-80 west of Battle Mountain. And, in another important ceremony, we dedicated the Carson City Freeway in honor of Carson City Deputy Sheriff Carl Howell who was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call.

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