The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has broken ground on an Interstate 15 widening project in North Las Vegas valued at $33.8 million. Las Vegas Paving will serve as the general contractor on the project that will span five miles between Craig Road and Speedway Boulevard.
The project includes widening the roadway from four to six lanes using the existing right-of-way, installation of new lighting and signage, landscaping featuring weathered steel art sculptures, drainage improvements and widening and seismic upgrades to four overpasses.
Work is set to start in October and will continue into early 2018—about 18 months. NDOT says it will keep at least two lanes open in both directions at all times during construction. Currently, this section of interstate sees 41,600 vehicles traveling across it each day, with a 71-percent increase in this volume expected by 2033.
“The project will improve safety and mobility through the northern Interstate 15 corridor, greatly reducing travel times and congestion,” says NDOT Director Rudy Malfabon. “It will also enhance traffic flows entering and exiting the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which is especially crucial during NASCAR events and the Electric Daisy Carnival.”
Project details provided by NDOT:
- Project Distance: 5 miles; or the equivalent length of 88 football fields laid end-to-end.
- Project Length: 18 months; or enough time to play three professional baseball seasons.
- Earthwork: 385,000 cubic yards: or enough dirt to fill 5,100 average sized swimming pools.
- Paving: 166,500 tons of asphalt; or enough blacktop paving to cover 33,300 driveways.
- Peak Workforce: 100 craftsmen, including subcontractors and suppliers.
- Traffic Count: 41,600 vehicles daily; or enough cars to fill the Cashman Center parking lot nearly 16 times.