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September 2, 2014

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Public meeting set for Boulder City bypass project

Boulder City Bypass

This Nevada Department of Transportation map shows what Phase 1 of the Boulder City Bypass would look like with the redesign. It would be upgraded to an interstate-quality interchange. The current U.S. 93 in front of Railroad Pass would become a frontage road, NDOT officials say. Launch slideshow »

Mannion Middle School

The controversial Boulder City Bypass project will have another public airing Tuesday.

The Nevada Department of Transportation is holding a public meeting on the first phase of the project to build a freeway for U.S. 93 around Boulder City.

The meeting will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Mannion Middle School, 155 Paradise Hills Drive, in Henderson. Most of the meeting will be open-house style, but a brief presentation will be given at 5:30 p.m.

The project would connect the new Hoover Dam bypass to the existing U.S. 95/Interstate 515 freeway, which ends near Railroad Pass at the Henderson/Boulder City line.

Local political leaders have expressed support for the project, which would become part of the proposed Interstate 11 to connect Las Vegas and Phoenix.

The most recent support for the project came from Sen. Harry Reid at the Hoover Dam bypass bridge dedication Oct. 14.

“As long as I’m Nevada’s senior senator, I’ll do everything in my power to make sure the Boulder City bypass is finished,” he said.

Some residents of Boulder City, however, have expressed concern about the project because it could reduce the number of visitors to the town. Traffic to Hoover Dam and Lake Mead would no longer have to pass through the center of the city.

Residents of the Henderson neighborhood closest to Railroad Pass also have raised concerns about the project, which they claim would bring more traffic through their streets.

The first phase of the project will be the one closest to those residents. That phase includes improvements to U.S. 95 from Foothills Drive in Henderson to the Railroad Pass interchange.

Public comments on the project can be submitted at the meeting, by e-mail to [email protected], or by mail to Steve M. Cooke, Nevada Department of Transportation, 1263 S. Stewart St., Carson City, NV, 89712. Comments should be submitted by Nov. 12.

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  1. Lets get I-11 built to Phoenix, then on to Reno, Portland and Seattle. it wouldn't hurt to have a connector to San Francisco. It currently takes 9 hours to drive the 400 air miles between Las Vegas and San Francisco. Switzerland is building a 40+ mile long tunnel under the Alps; yet we can't find a quick way through the California Hills. And don't forget the high speed train tracks to San Francisco while you're building.
    Its time for the Federal Government to Spend money and get people employed and paying taxes again.

  2. Are they going to manage to get rid of that stupid light at Railroad Pass that always backs up traffic?

  3. After looking at the pictures, it appears that the new bypass would get rid of the stupid light at Railroad pass.
    This project would get people back to work and help the economy. Without this project, the traffic is going to be a nightmare and might actually discourage tourist from going there.