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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.

Some say while they are happy about the ease in traffic, they don't think project leaders are doing everything they can to decrease the land disturbance.

For instance, one man said he doesn't see the need for a scenic overlook.

"Just by eliminating that feature of the project, you could eliminate about a million cubic yards of material that needs to be disturbed," Ross Haley said.

The bypass will be built in two phases. Phase one is set to be done by summer 2018 with phase two soon after.


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