The Nevada Department of Transportation broke ground this month on a $78 million widening and upgrade to a six-mile-long stretch of U.S. 95 between Ann and Kyle Canyon roads in northwest Las Vegas.
“This project will relieve congestion, improve efficiency and enhance safety in fast-growing northwest Las Vegas, while providing capacity for future growth and development,” said NDOT Director Rudy Malfabon. “Currently, over 52,000 vehicles daily travel through this corridor; however, traffic is expected to more than double over the next two decades.”
The project calls for expanding the highway to six lanes, from four now, from Durango Drive to Kyle Canyon Road, building Elkhorn Road carpool access ramps and constructing a diverging diamond interchange at Kyle Canyon Road that will feature a pole-mounted, electrically powered and self-contained wrong-way driver alert sign.
Other enhancements, NDOT said, include placing decorative rock; erecting signage and lighting; installing intelligent transportation systems; installing nearly 9 mi. of barrier rail; and placing 11,200 ft. of concrete box storm drainage and 400 ft. of open channel in one section. Construction is expected to finish in the fall of 2019.
The announcement explained the work in special terms to help explain it more clearly, saying the “improvements will require moving enough dirt to fill 304 Olympic-sized swimming pools, placing enough concrete to pave 2,000 driveways and using enough steel to build 100 Sherman tanks.”
It also spelled out how it was funded: “The project is being underwritten by a combination of federal ($42.4 million), state ($2.2 million) and local ($33.4 million) funds.”