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Senator Reid Secures Money for Bypass

Senator Harry Reid's office announced a multimillion dollar grant to help fund a bypass road in Boulder City.

The Senate majority leader said Thursday that the project would be getting another $2 million in federal funding. The bypass road became necessary after the opening of the Hoover Dam bypass bridge which created a traffic bottleneck in the city.

“I’m pleased that this funding will support making the much-needed Boulder City Bypass a reality,” Reid said.  “I will continue to ensure that this Bypass remains a priority on the federal level as we work to alleviate congestion and remove truck traffic that’s been a nuisance to residents of Boulder City.”

A bill signed in June by Governor Brian Sandoval approved the creation of a private/public partnership to build the toll road. When the road is eventually finished, it will take traffic around the southern part of the city and connect with U.S. 95.

Bypass, I-15 Interchange Funded by Feds

Bypass, I-15 Interchange Funded by Feds

Funding for the long-awaited Boulder City bypass and for a new interchange at Cactus Avenue on Interstate 15 came today from the federal government.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced nearly $11.5 million in grants to fund an array of highway-related efforts in Nevada.

"Transportation investments like these will create jobs and improve the quality of life for Nevada residents as well as strengthen the state’s economy," said Secretary LaHood. "The demand from the states for these funds shows just how critical the need is for infrastructure investment."

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) invited states to apply in June for federal funding from 14 grant programs. Requests poured in from every state, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. – more than 1,800 applications, totaling nearly $13 billion, which is more than 30 times the funds available.

Next RTC Meeting Could Threaten Rural Bus Service

A disputed contract for bus service could end up leaving rural southern Nevada communities including Boulder City without bus service.

As well as the probable cutback in Silver Rider service in Mesquite and Bunkerville, there’s a possibility the bus service could be lost altogether.

Read more in Mesquite Local News

Measure to Create Toll Road Moves Ahead

Measure to Create Toll Road Moves Ahead

A bill that would create a bypass road in Boulder City moved ahead in the State Senate.

SB214 would create a toll road between Railroad Pass to the Hacienda Casino. Supporters say it would raise money and ease traffic along U.S. 93. The project would be a partnership among a private investor, Boulder City and the National Park Service. Traffic in the area has been even more congested since the bridge over the dam was finished. Now it is easier to travel U.S. 93 which means more people are using the road and tourists are taking it to see the new bridge.

Opponents say the toll road would unfairly hurt the poor.

The bill sponsor State Sen. Joe Hardy, R-Boulder City, says the area is a bottleneck with more than 2,000 trucks using it every day. 


Viva Bike Vegas Registration Open

Viva Bike Vegas Registration Open

Cycling enthusiasts in Nevada and across the country are invited to join the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) for Viva Bike Vegas 2011 on Saturday, Oct. 15.

This year, all riders will have the unique opportunity to bike the bright lights of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The fourth annual cycling event will feature three spectacular routes for cyclists of all skill levels, including a 103-mile century ride, as well as 60-mile and 17-mile routes. Century riders will travel from the Las Vegas Strip to the vistas of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and the scenic trails near Lake Mead National Park.

Riders can register for any of the three routes for only $85 until May 14. Pricing increases thereafter. Online registration is open at www.vivabikevegas.com.

Lake Mead, Lake Mohave Offer Free Memorial Day Entry for Safe Boaters

Lake Mead, Lake Mohave Offer Free Memorial Day Entry for Safe Boaters

The National Park Service is waiving lake use fees Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30 on Lake Mead and Lake Mohave – a savings of $16 per vessel – for boaters who show proof of completing an approved boating course.

"Statistics show that the majority of boaters who are involved in accidents report that they haven't completed a formal boating education course," Superintendent Bill Dickinson said.

U.S. Coast Guard statistics showed that in 2009, 78 percent of boating accidents and 86 percent of boat fatalities involved operators with no formal boating education.

"We're announcing this early so boaters who haven't taken a course will have a chance to do so before the holiday weekend," Dickinson said.

Boulder City Experiencing Major Traffic Problems

BOULDER CITY, Nev.-- Boulder City Mayor Roger Tobler has called a news conference to talk about traffic problems on U.S. 93 since the Mike O'Callaghan - Pat Tillman Bridge opened earlier this year.