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Bypass meeting address asbestos concerns

Work will start next spring on the Boulder City Bypass Project.

The project is part of the larger Interstate-11 plan to construct an interstate connecting Las Vegas to Phoenix. 

Tuesday night, project leaders had a public meeting in Boulder City to talk about how to keep the community safe from naturally occurring asbestos in the construction site.

Traces of asbestos were discovered in the area last year. Scientists say being exposed to asbestos has the potential to impact health, but project leaders say they have a plan to handle it.

“Heavy watering is probably the main, main focus to suppress the dust but the Department of Quality the dust control permits they have are very strict and stringent measures anyways,” senior project manager Tony Lorenzi said.

The bypass will be a 15-mile loop around the city.

Gov. Sandoval announces money for Boulder City Bypass

Governor Brian Sandoval announced Wednesday that the Nevada Department of Transportation will get an extra $11.1 million in highway funding for its phase of the Boulder City Bypass.

The money is coming from the Federal Highway Administration, which means the funds will replace state money slated for the project. The bypass is part of the proposed Interstate-11 Corridor.

The funding came from the FHWA’s annual redistribution of money other states did not use in their transportation projects.

According to Sandoval, the money will allow NDOT to hire more people to push the project along. 

Boulder City bypass eminent domain case settled

A dispute over land needed for the Boulder City Bypass has been settled.

A state panel has settled an eminent domain dispute with a gaming giant over land the state needs for the first phase of the Boulder City Bypass.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Board wants future Interstate 11 to reach I-80

Board wants future Interstate 11 to reach I-80

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- The Nevada transportation board wants the proposed Interstate 11 to extend from Las Vegas to Interstate 80 using the general route of U.S. 95.

Board members voted Monday to pursue an expanded definition of the future freeway. Congress voted in 2012 to designate a stretch from Las Vegas to Phoenix as the future Interstate 11.

Chairman and Gov. Brian Sandoval said it was "irrefutable" that Nevada needs the project, and said he wasn't shy about asking for federal money to make it a reality.

Board member Tom Skancke said the freeway is even more important now that Nevada has landed a Tesla battery plant. He said companies make investment decisions based on infrastructure quality.

Transportation officials haven't solidified routes and said it could be decades before the interstate is built

Eldorado Canyon Road reopens for Labor Day weekend

A road that leads to a popular part of Lake Mohave will be reopened temporarily for the Labor Day weekend.

The Eldorado Canyon Road, which leads to Nelson’s Landing, opened Wednesday afternoon and will remain open through the weekend. However, it will be closed again Tuesday, Sept. 2 for more repairs.

A storm in August damaged the road and washed away sections of the pavement. Crews have determined that the westbound lane of the road can be reopened to traffic with conditions, including the speed limit is now 15 mph and eastbound traffic will have to stop and yield to westbound traffic before bypassing the damaged area.

One lane of the road will reopen Sept. 6. The other side of the road will stay closed until crews can rebuild the eastbound side, which is expected to take two months.

During the closure, people can access Nelson’s Landing from the water or through Aztec Wash Road, an unpaved approved road that starts near the town of Nelson.

Park service seeks public comment

The National Park Service wants to know what people think about an environmental assessment for a proposed relocation of utility and water lines for the Boulder City Bypass project.

The bypass was approved in 2005, but the environmental impact statement did not address the need to move existing power lines and install a pipeline to provide water for construction.

The proposed project would move about a mile of transmission lines and install a temporary above-ground water pipe from Lake Mead to provide water for crews.

To comment on the proposed changes and to read more on what it would mean for the Lake Mead area, go to parkplanning.nps.gov/. To send a written message, write to Lake Mead NRA, Compliance Office, 601 Nevada Way, Boulder City, NV 89005.

Comments must be received by Sept. 19.

 

Flooding closes roads in Lake Mead Recreation Area

Three roads are closed in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area because of flash flooding, the park service announced Monday.

Kingman Wash Access Road, a dirt road in Arizona that leads to Lake Mead, is washed out.

Temple Bar Access Road, a main road in Arizona that leads to Temple Bar Marina on Lake Mead, is impassible because flood waters are flowing across the road at Detrital Wash.

Nevada State Route 165, which leads to Nelson Landing and Placer Cove, inside the park, is closed because of flooding and road degradation.

Willow Beach Access Road, the main road in Arizona that leads to Willow Beach Marina on Lake Mohave, was closed because of debris. It was reopened Monday morning.

The weather service reports that the Lake Mead area received .68 inches of rain overnight. More rain is expected Monday afternoon.