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Date Published: 2010-07-20

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Title: I-15 North Design-Build Project Named One of the Best in West

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The I-15 North Design-Build Project recently completed ahead of schedule by the Nevada Department of Transportation on Las Vegas’ busiest freeway has been recognized with an America’s Transportation Award for time-saving and innovative construction methods.

The western regional award for on-time project completion, granted by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), recognizes the project as one of the best in western states for timely completion of quality road improvements using innovative construction and effective time management. Involvement with the surrounding community and improved traffic movement also was recognized.

The approximately $250 million project, constructed by North Corridor Constructors, a joint venture between CH2M Hill and Las Vegas Paving Corporation, widened the I-15 corridor north of the Las Vegas spaghetti bowl. Bridges, lighting, landscaping, sound walls and intelligent transportation systems also were improved to relieve congestion and enhance traffic flow.

The project marked the first time NDOT used the design-build strategy of completing early project phases as final project elements are being designed. The process enabled NDOT to shave a year off the project timeline. Innovative construction, dedicated partnering and public collaboration contributed to an additional eight-month time savings, allowing the project to be substantially completed after only 28 months. Upon its early completion in December 2009, the project was heralded as a rare achievement, progressive and brilliant and a Christmas gift for southern Nevada residents.

“The project was exemplary in so many ways,” said NDOT Director Susan Martinovich. “Partnering with our contractors, implementing ‘outside-of-the-box’ strategies, and receiving support from the public made this project a huge success, and one that we are very proud of.”

“State departments of transportation are completing projects faster and for less money. They are working hard to fix roads and keep people moving, but this hard work often gets overlooked,” said AASHTO Executive Director John Horsley. “These awards are really about showcasing the best projects these states have completed, and recognizing them for their determination and innovation.”

The NDOT project competed against 16 other road improvements in 10 western states. The project is now in the running for the America's Transportation Awards Grand Prize and the People's Choice Award, which will be presented this fall. Southern Nevada residents can vote for the project to win the People’s Choice Award at www.americastransportationaward.org.