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Date Published: 2013-05-09

Contact: Damon Hodge

Phone: (702) 385-6509

Title: Public Officials, Residents Celebrate F Street Groundbreaking

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LAS VEGAS -- City of Las Vegas and Nevada Department of Transportation officials, and residents from West Las Vegas, celebrated the start of construction for the reopening of F Street at 6 p.m. Monday, May 6. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on F Street just south of McWilliams Avenue.The ceremony was held in the evening to make it easier for residents of the area to attend.

Las Vegas Paving Corporation was awarded the bid contract for $13.6 million.  Construction is scheduled to begin in early June and be completed by the end of 2014. The project will involve constructing bridge structures to carry I-15 and interchange ramp traffic over F Street, reconstructing F Street from Bonanza Road to Washington Avenue, aesthetic elements celebrating the history of West Las Vegas and various utility and storm drain improvements to accommodate the new underpass. Since 2010, the city of Las Vegas and Nevada Department of Transportation have been working closely with the neighboring community to develop a plan to reopen F Street. This has involved citizen input on the design, aesthetics and more. In all, more than 20 meetings and workshops were held.

Nevada Assembly Bill 304, passed in June 2009, required the city of Las Vegas and the state of Nevada to cooperate to fund and bring about the approval, design and construction of the project to reopen F Street. The bill called for the city to use redevelopment funds of up to $2.5 million for the design phase. The bill further spelled out that the city leverage its share of the county special five-cent ad valorem capital project tax to provide up to $20 million in funding to reopen F Street.