Public invited to comment on Interstate 11 study

LAS VEGAS — The public can participate in a virtual meeting on the Interstate 11 project, reviewing the most current project information and providing feedback on-line through July 18. There is also a public hearing scheduled on improvements to Highway 160 from Red Rock Canyon to Mountain Springs.

This month-extended virtual meeting on I-11 will be hosted on the project website, i11study.com. Different routes are proposed for the new interstate, such as one particular that will run north on Highway 95.

Two years ago, the Nevada and Arizona departments of transportation launched a study to decide the feasibility of developing a new multi-modal interstate corridor linking Las Vegas and Phoenix, while stretching south to Mexico and potentially north to Canada. That study is now nearing completion and will contain a single much more chance for the public to get involved and offer comments.

3 public meetings and a month-lengthy online virtual meeting are scheduled for the Interstate 11 and Intermountain West Corridor Study to collect comments for the draft Corridor Concept Report, a document that will outline the vision for the corridor, reinforce the justification for developing a new multi-use interstate corridor and define an implementation strategy to move this project forward.

The Corridor Concept Report and the supporting technical reports and operate items will decide no matter whether enough justification exists for a new multi-modal transportation corridor. It will also establish potential alternatives for the new I-11 and Intermountain West Corridor. The report will outline four chapters: the need for a higher-capacity, multi-modal corridor to link economies corridor alignment suggestions that link metro areas and connect communities the financial worth of investment in the corridor and a call to action, emphasizing the require for continued collaboration to move the I-11 and Intermountain West Corridor forward. Below is information on the Las Vegas location public meeting and the virtual public meeting:

NDOT and ADOT have been functioning with each other since the summer season of 2012 on the Interstate 11 and Intermountain West Corridor Study, which contains detailed corridor planning of an interstate hyperlink connecting the Las Vegas and Phoenix metropolitan regions, whilst extending the corridor via southern Arizona to Mexico and potentially north to Canada. In 2012, Congress designated the future I-11 corridor amongst Phoenix and Las Vegas as part of the present surface transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).

The Interstate 11 and Intermountain West Corridor Study is a two-year, multiphase, higher-level study examining the feasibility, rewards, opportunities and constraints of a proposed new interstate highway corridor. The study is expected to be completed this summer time. Funding to construct this new corridor has not been identified. In addition to the Nevada and Arizona departments of transportation, other study partners are the Maricopa Association of Governments, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Federal Highway Administration and Federal Railroad Administration.

For details about the I-11 and Intermountain West Corridor Study and to sign up for updates, visit i11study.com.

On the other project, NDOT, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service, will take comments on the environmental assessment for the improvements to Highway 160 from the Red Rock Canyon turnoff to Mountain Springs. The project will enhance 11 miles. Proposed improvements will widen the roadway from two lanes to 4 lanes, adding a 14-foot-wide median and an eight-foot wide shoulder and bike lane on each sides.

The EA can be viewed at the Pahrump Neighborhood Library, 701 East Street or on-line at the NDOT web site www.nevadadot.com/Meetings. Comments will be accepted till five p.m. July 25. Anyone who wants to comment might submit them to Steve M. Cooke, P.E. Chief Environmental Services Division, Nevada Department of Transportation, 1263 S. Stewart St., Carson City, NV 89712. Comments may possibly be sent by e-mail to information@dot.state.nv.us

Far more details might be obtained from Lynnette Russell, NDOT project manager, at 702-761-6601, by e-mail, to lrussell@dot.state.nv.us or by mail to Lynnette Russell, project manager, Nevada Division of Transportation, 123 E. Washington St., Las Vegas, NV 89101.

A presentation on the project is scheduled from four p.m. to 7 p.m., July 8 at Frias Elementary College, 5800 Broken Top Avenue, Las Vegas.

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