Nevada creates ‘connections’ with historic I-11 first-phase opening

Lake Mead / Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times 2015

Nevada creates ‘connections’ with historic I-11 first-phase opening

RTC, NDOT 15-mile project to save motorists travel time; eventually connect Las Vegas to Phoenix

Wickenburg Sun

Against a stunning view of Lake Mead at a new scenic overlook, elected officials joined Southern Nevada residents, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) and the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), to celebrate the historic opening of the first 15 miles of Interstate-11.

The $318 million project at the Nevada-Arizona border is the first step to connect Las Vegas with Phoenix and eventually create a major trade route between Mexico and Canada. Las Vegas and Phoenix are the only cities with more than 1 million residents not connected by an interstate highway.

The new interstate, which broke ground in 2015, starts with the recently opened NDOT phase of 2.5 miles from I-515 in Henderson to U.S. 93 at the Railroad Pass Hotel and Casino interchange. It then continues with RTC’s phase of 12.5 miles that winds around Boulder City to connect at the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge.


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