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I could see it being useful, would possibly help out with the traffic on 15 heading to Las Vegas.

Here's some 2007 AADT data, to give some perspective on how dramatically traffic drops off in the divided section of US 95 northwest of Las Vegas (from Las Vegas northward out of town):

* 41,000 - 0.8 mi south of Durango Dr (last major interchange in Las Vegas)

* 11,500 - junction SR 157/Kyle Canyon Rd (northern city limits of Las Vegas; first turn-off for Mt. Charleston)
* 7,800 - 0.5 mi north of the Snow Mountain interchange (access to Las Vegas Paiute Indian Reservation)
* 6,000 - 5.9 mi north of SR 156/Lee Canyon Rd (the second turn-off for Mt. Charleston)
* 4,000 - 9.2 mi north of Indian Springs
* 3,100 - 4.0 mi north of Mercury interchange (divided highway ends at Mercury)
I think this data makes it pretty evident that a freeway construction would be unwarranted, as there is just not that much traffic out there.

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Such a US 95 freeway would not alleviate I-15 from the north.  US 95 traffic comes from rural areas in northern and western Nevada, with some from the Death Valley region and Sierra Nevada regions of eastern California; I-15 traffic from the north is almost exclusively from Utah.

Again, there is not enough traffic to justify a freeway on US 95 (let alone an Interstate) anywhere north of Las Vegas/Clark County.

Besides, using the unlucky number "I-13" would never fly with Nevada officials... Even if an I-13 interstate highway were built in Nevada, I doubt any officials would ever let the number itself be signed...

Many here have commented about the "waste" of money to build future Interstates in desert and low populated regions in the intermountain west.  My contention is you build them now to fill future needs.  Far too many people are not forward looking enough to see that many corridors of proposed and fictional Interstates some of us would like to see built would make sense as population growth occurs over the next 50 years. 

If attitudes towards wasting money on "Interstates in desert regions" existed in the 1950s, much of the current Interstate system in the western US would still be two lane US-xx highways.

I'm against further reducing the number of US Routes in the West.  They are a rare and dying breed out here.  Upgrade as you will, but please don't take the US Route signage down.


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