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Date Published: 2013-06-25

Contact: Damon Hodge

Phone: (702) 386-6509

Title: Event to Cover Traffic Impacts on I-15 Underpass Project

Story Text:

LAS VEGAS - The Nevada Department of Transportation will join key stakeholders at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27, for a press conference outlining the construction impacts on the F Street Underpass reopening project. Reopening the underpass will enhance the area's transportation network and improve accessibility, mobility and safety for residents. Construction will cost approximately $13.6 million; funding comes from combination of local, state and federal sources. The F Street reopening project was advertised to bidders in early 2013, and Las Vegas Paving Corp. was awarded the contract. The project's construction phase began on June 2 and is expected to be completed in late Fall 2014.

WHO:              Officials from NDOT, the City of Las Vegas, Atkins and Las Vegas Paving

WHAT:            Press Conference on the construction impacts of the F Street Underpass Reopening

WHEN:             1:30 p.m., Thursday, June 27, 2013

WHERE:          RTC, Room 108 (1st Floor). 600 Grand Central Parkway. Las Vegas, Nev. 89106

Project Description

A collaboration between the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) and the City of Las Vegas, the F Street Connection Project will reopen F Street in its former location under Interstate 15, thus reestablishing direct access between downtown Las Vegas and the West Las Vegas community. In addition to accommodating pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular traffic, the new underpass will include a resurfacing of F Street, new sidewalks, curbs and gutter installations, decorative lighting and attractive landscaping north to Washington Avenue, along with a series of community-approved corridor panels celebrating the rich legacy of the historic West Las Vegas community.

Project Purpose

F Street under I-15 was closed in September 2008. With its closure, traffic was rerouted to the newly constructed D Street Connector. Lawmakers and community leaders successfully championed legislation, Assembly Bill 304, which passed in June 2009 and directed the city and NDOT to reopen the underpass. In a series of more than 20 meetings, NDOT and the city worked with lawmakers, citizens, community leaders and stakeholders to create a project that will both meet transportation needs and highlight the area's history. Officials from NDOT, the City of Las Vegas, Atkins (design firm) and Las Vegas Paving (general contractor) will be on hand to answer questions after the press conference.