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NDOT to discuss fixes for Boulder City road problems at April 7 meeting

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Traffic leaves town heading toward Henderson on U.S. 93 near Veterans Memorial Drive in Boulder City on Friday, Feb. 25, 2011. Launch slideshow »

The Nevada Department of Transportation is pushing forward with improvements to U.S. 93 in Boulder City that would help with congestion created after the opening of the Hoover Dam Bypass.

Officials will hold a public meeting Thursday, April 7, in Boulder City to talk about the proposed improvements. The meeting will be at the College of Southern Nevada’s Boulder City campus, 700 Wyoming St., from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The transportation department has been under fire from Boulder City residents and elected officials who say NDOT didn't prepare for the opening of the bypass and the return of truck traffic to the route for the first time in nearly a decade.

Mayor Roger Tobler has insisted that trucks be taken off the route and asked the state to accelerate plans for a Boulder City Bypass, which would build a new freeway around the city to connect U.S. 95 in Henderson with the dam bypass.

The department responded with an accelerated plan to widen the existing U.S. 93 in the heart of Boulder City, where traffic currently restricts where the road narrows to a single lane in each direction.

Officials said the project to widen the 2.5 mile northbound section and 5.5 mile southbound section will hopefully begin in four or five months.

Meanwhile, the Regional Transportation Commission is preparing a request for the federal government to ban temporarily trucks from the route until construction is done. The request is something of a long shot because the purpose of the new bypass bridge was to allow trucks -- and the transportation department is continuing to plan for a full Boulder City Bypass -- but funding for that project remains uncertain.

The Thursday meeting will both provide information on the current project and allow residents to express their comments on the plans for the official record. Written comments on the project will also be accepted through April 22 and can be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to Tony Lorenzi, Nevada Department of Transportation, 1263 S. Stewart St., Carson City, NV, 89712.

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