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Date Published: 2012-10-12

Contact: Damon Hodge

Phone: (702) 385-6509

Title: Meeting to Address Study on Interstate Linking Vegas and Phoenix, Vision for a Potential Intermountain West Corridor

Story Text:

LAS VEGAS – The Nevada and Arizona Departments of Transportation will host a public information meeting on a two‐year study of the proposed Interstate 11 (I-11) and Intermountain West Corridor from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Henderson Convention Center. The departments are collaborating on the study, which includes planning for a possible interstate link between Las Vegas and Phoenix—the two largest neighboring cities in the country without an interstate highway connection—and visioning for potentially extending the corridor north to Canada and south to Mexico. Congress recognized the importance of this portion of the corridor in its recent transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP‐21).

WHO: Nevada and Arizona Departments of Transportation (NDOT and ADOT)

WHAT: Public information meeting on the study of the I-11/Intermountain West Corridor

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, from 4 – 7 p.m.

WHERE: Henderson Convention Center, 200 S. Water Street, Henderson, Nev. 89015             

The meeting will include a brief project presentation at 5:30 p.m., followed by a short comment period. The public will be able to view project displays and discuss the study with representatives. Those interested can submit comments for the public record in writing, verbally to the court reporter, following the meeting via mail or email, or to the I-11 project managers for NDOT and ADOT (contact information below). Comments must be submitted by 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2, 2012.At the meeting, NDOT will also have information on Phase 1 of the Boulder City Bypass project and the “Connecting Nevada: Planning Our Transportation Future” plan. Regional Transportation Commission officials will also be on hand with information on Phase 2 of the Boulder City Bypass project.

The Intermountain West Corridor could possibly include an upgraded highway facility, rail and other major infrastructure components, such as energy and telecommunications, and become a major multimodal, north‐south transcontinental corridor, promoting commerce, tourism and global trade. Other potential benefits include enhancing the economic vitality of communities connected to and served by the corridor, improving safety and travel time reliability for moving people and goods and providing relief for congested north-south corridors in the western United States, such as Interstate 15 and Interstate 5. Those interested in more information about the two-year, $2.5 million study can log on to I-11 Project Website or contact the respective project managers: Sondra Rosenberg, PTP (NDOT), 1263 South Stewart St., Carson City, Nev. 89712, (775) 888-7241 or srosenberg@dot.state.nv.us or Michael Kies, PE (ADOT) 206 S. 17th Ave., Phoenix, Ariz. 85007, (602) 712‐8140 or mkies@azdot.gov

About NDOT 

Established in 1917, the Nevada Department of Transportation is responsible for the planning, construction, operation and maintenance of 5,400 miles of highway and more than 1,000 bridges comprising the state highway system. NDOT’s mission is to provide a better transportation system for Nevada through unified and dedicated efforts. The department is divided into three districts. The districts are responsible for supervising all state transportation activities within their local areas. NDOT’s headquarters is located in Carson City; district offices are in Las Vegas, Reno and Elko. NDOT is overseen by a seven-member directors’ board and run by senior staff. Visit NDOT's Website for more information.