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Boulder City Bypass on List of 2012 Projects

Boulder City Bypass on List of 2012 Projects

One of the big road projects expected to move forward this year is the Boulder City Bypass.

The last couple of years have undoubtedly been a struggle financially for Las Vegas companies and families. Our city has been hit hardest by the Great Recession and we can only hope the economy turns around this year.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

U.S. 93 Not Fully Finished

U.S. 93 Not Fully Finished

 

Drivers are still troubled by closures along U.S. 93 between Buchanan Blvd., and the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge at the Hoover Dam.

The project to widen the road was supposed to be finished Tuesday afternoon, but by late afternoon the road was not fully open. There were still closures in both the northbound and southbound lanes. Transportation officials say they expect the road to be fully opened by the weekend.

The road had to be widened to make room for increased traffic from the new bridge over Hoover Dam. While the main road work will be finished this weekend, crews are still working on guard rails, utilities and medians. There may be periodic lane closures while that work is finished.

Las Vegas-Phoenix Interstate Plan Moving Along

 

A plan to make the road connecting Las Vegas and Phoenix a full interstate is moving forward.

Legislators to Unveil License Plate for Women Veterans

Legislators to Unveil License Plate for Women Veterans

 

The design for a new Nevada license plate honoring women veterans will be unveiled Friday as part of a Veterans Day ceremony.

Elliot Anderson, the sponsor of legislation creating the license plate, said he brought the idea forward upon the request of a group of women who had served in the military.

“This is an excellent way to pay tribute to the women who have sacrificed so much for their country, but who are still often overlooked when we find ways to express our gratitude to our veterans,” Anderson said.

Governor Brian Sandoval, Assembly Speaker John Oceguera, Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford,and Anderson will be unveiling the plate, and other legislators will be attending the ceremony which will take place at 1:30 at the Nevada State Veterans Home.

Kingman Wash Road Closes

 

A road near Lake Mead will be closed starting Monday and lasting through Friday.

The National Park Service says Kingman Wash Road, which is located off U.S. 93 Arizona exit number 2, will be closed while crews grade the road.

Visitors will not be able to access Kingman Wash or Fortification Hill during the closure.

Transportation Troubles

Transportation Troubles

The Hoover Dam, one of the world's great engineering feats, is marred by roads with traffic so jammed along the Nevada-Arizona border that it tells a different story about the political will to maintain 21st century infrastructure.

The road leading to the dam cannot accommodate the torrent of tourists and spills them into the overwhelmed Boulder City. Nevada lawmakers are trying to find a private company to build a $400 million bypass because the state can't afford it.

The phrase "you can't get there from here" is increasingly apt nearly everywhere one turns. America's roads, highways, bridges and transit systems are falling apart. Even those not in disrepair are often so crowded that a horse and buggy might seem faster. Cities and suburbs are outgrowing their infrastructure far faster than local governments can find the money to fix them.

Hoover Dam Bypass Wins National Award

Hoover Dam Bypass Wins National Award

The Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge was recently named the American Public Works Project of the Year.

The government agencies, engineering firms and construction companies involved in the project will receive the award at a ceremony in Denver in September. The judges chose the project for several reasons including its impact on traffic, its construction challenges and the improvement it made to national security.

The bridge makes the trip between Las Vegas and Arizona smoother. The tight turns and bottlenecks along the old road made for a difficult and dangerous drive that was backed up on busy weekends. 

Crews built the bridge in the steep cliffs of Black Canyon often with 70 mile per hour winds and 120 degree temperatures. The bridge is 890 feet above the Colorado River, and was brought in at the original $240 million budget without any major disputes.