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TRIP’s Top 40 Surface Transportation Projects to Support Economic Growth in Nevada

Posted by Content Coordinator on Friday, April 1st, 2011


Executive Summary

TRIP has identified and ranked the 40 surface transportation projects that are most needed to support Nevada’s economic growth. These projects are located throughout the state.

  • The most needed surface transportation improvements in Nevada include 31 projects to build, expand or modernize highways, five projects to improve public transit or provide intermodal facilities and four projects to improve the state’s traffic management systems. These improvements would enhance economic development opportunities throughout the state by increasing mobility and freight movement, easing congestion, enhancing safety and making Nevada an attractive place to live, visit and do business.
  • TRIP ranked each transportation project based on a rating system that considered the following: short-term economic benefits, including job creation; the level of improvement in the condition of the transportation facility, including safety improvements; the degree of improvement in access and mobility; and the long- term improvement provided in regional or state economic performance and competitiveness.
  • Nevada’s 10 most needed surface transportation projects to support economic development in the state as determined by TRIP follow. Additional details on these and the other projects that make up the 40 most needed projects in Nevada for economic recovery and growth are included in the report’s Appendix.

1. Improvements to the southern portion of I-15 in Clark County. This multi-part project will improve the southern portion of the I-15 corridor in Clark County from Sloan to Tropicana, including the widening of portions of I-15 and Las Vegas Boulevard and the construction of six new interchanges, one overpass and new collector-distributor lanes. The widening and improvement to this portion of the I- 15 Corridor would provide significant congestion relief, providing improved access, reduced trip times, improved safety and reduced emissions. Improvement to this route will enhance local and regional business productivity.

2. Improvements to the northern portion of I-15 in Clark County. Spanning from US 95 to Apex, the first phase of this three-phase project will widen I-15 from six to ten lanes from US 95 to Lake Mead Boulevard including re-alignment of on and off ramps, widening I-15 to eight lanes from Lake Mead Boulevard to Craig Road, reconfiguring the Lake Mead Boulevard Interchange, and constructing a new connection road linking D Street and F Street between I-15 and Bonanza Road. The second phase would widen I-15 from four to six lanes from Craig Road to Speedway Boulevard. Phase three includes widening 4.6 miles of I-15 from four lanes to six lanes from Speedway Boulevard to the Apex Interchange. This project will reduce congestion and trip times, provide improved access, improve safety and reduce emissions. Improvements to I-15 will improve business productivity and downtown access, which will support redevelopment projects in downtown Las Vegas. The project also provides improved access to areas planned for development in North Las Vegas.

3. Extension of I-580 in Washoe County. This project includes 8.5 miles of new six- lane controlled access freeway, the completion of the Mt. Rose Interchange and construction of a new interchange at Bowers Mansion Road. It also includes construction of two grade separations and five bridges, Kelly Canyon Road (frontage road) and Parker Ranch Road to maintain local access at the south end of the project. Construction will result in 27 miles of uninterrupted controlled access facility that meets interstate standards and will serve as an important portion of an interstate highway link between Mexico and Canada and a major local arterial. The project will also provide the only all-weather connection between Carson City and Reno, Sparks and I 80. Completion will alleviate congestion, accommodate future travel growth and improve safety.

Las Vegas Southbound Departure, Runway 19L

Download full version (PDF): TRIP’s Top 40 Surface Transportation Projects to Support Economic Growth in Nevada

About The Road Information Program (TRIP)
“Founded in 1971, TRIP is a nonprofit organization that promotes transportation policies that relieve traffic congestion, improve road and bridge conditions, improve air quality, make highway travel safer and enhance economic productivity.”

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