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I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« on: March 27, 2015, 11:59:24 AM »

Just saw a flier posted to NDOT's Facebook page. The groundbreaking ceremony for construction of the  Boulder City Bypass is set for April 6 at 10am.

Long planned to alleviate US 93 traffic through Boulder City, the bypass is going to be the second new section of future I-11 to be constructed (following the Hoover Dam bypass).
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Re: I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2015, 02:02:27 PM »

IIRC, the Boulder City Bypass is a two-phase project.  Is the groundbreaking on April 6th for Phase 1 from the current end of the I-515 freeway to US 95 or for the entire bypass?
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Re: I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2015, 05:14:27 PM »

IIRC, the Boulder City Bypass is a two-phase project.  Is the groundbreaking on April 6th for Phase 1 from the current end of the I-515 freeway to US 95 or for the entire bypass?

You recall correctly. Unfortunately, the flier didn't say... I was on mobile at the time and was getting on a plane, so couldn't research it—I had the same question.

Now that I've had a chance to look into it, I haven't found anything specifying whether the groundbreaking is for Phase 1 or Phase 2 (the Las Vegas traffic media outlets I frequent haven't picked up this story yet). My guess is it might be for the whole project: NDOT is building Phase 1, RTC is building Phase 2—both logos are on the flyer. And through various steps and issues along the way, it seems like the timelines for both phases have been gradually moving closer together (especially once RTC decided to pick up the tab for Phase 2).
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Re: I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2015, 04:21:06 AM »

The groundbreaking ceremony seems to be for the entire Boulder City bypass.

http://www.rtcsnv.com/press-archive/rtc-ndot-federal-state-local-leaders-officially-sign-318m-11-project/

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Construction of the I-11 project will occur in two simultaneous phases coordinated by the RTC and NDOT beginning this spring. The RTC will construct approximately 12.5 miles from I-515 to U.S. 93 near the new Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge. NDOT will build 2.5 miles of roadway improvements from I-515 to U.S. 95.

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Re: I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2015, 02:01:22 PM »

Glad to see the Nevada link to I-11 finally starting.
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Re: I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2015, 11:20:00 AM »

Glad to see the Nevada link to I-11 finally starting.

I'm glad to see it finally starting too. The Boulder City Bypass has been talked about and on the planning books well before I-11 was even a concept...probably 15 years or more.

I'd still maintain that, had one of the through-town freeway alternatives been selected, this might have been built by now...
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Re: I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2015, 11:57:22 AM »

What an essential gap to fill in!  Glad the governing powers got off the schneid.  I wonder what year the Bypass will be completed?

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Re: I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2015, 12:21:56 AM »

There's are a couple of project webpages for the Boulder City Bypass. NDOT's page for phase 1 (generally around the US 93 and US 95 interchange) is notable for having an I-11 shield on the main page:

http://www.nevadadot.com/Micro-Sites/BoulderCityBypass/The_Boulder_City_Bypass.aspx

There's a second project webpage for the second phase of the bypass (12.5 miles), which is being built by Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada or RTC.

http://i-11nv.com/

This site offers a completion date both phases of the bypass project of October 2018.
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Re: I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2015, 06:54:23 AM »

There's a second project webpage for the second phase of the bypass (12.5 miles), which is being built by Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada or RTC.

http://i-11nv.com/

This site offers a completion date both phases of the bypass project of October 2018.

As well as some very nice web cams.  :cool:
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Re: I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2015, 04:13:43 PM »

Will there be Interstate 11 signs installed when the rest of the bypass opens?
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Re: I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2015, 08:28:24 PM »

Will there be Interstate 11 signs installed when the rest of the bypass opens?

Possibly. NDOT has approval (I forget if it was from AASHTO, FHWA, or both) for I-11 from the Nevada/Arizona state line to the I-215 interchange. Given that part of that overlaps I-515 (but might not be the final alignment of I-11), it's anybody's guess.

I actually think it would be better for them not to sign the Boulder City Bypass as I-11 until one side of it connects on the permanent alignment to a 2DI. (Or, in compromise, only sign it "Future I-11" until that condition is met.)
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Re: I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2016, 06:02:38 AM »

BUMP - to share this article covering an update on I-11 construction: Boulder City Bypass taking shape, Las Vegas Review Journal, 7/30/2016 (includes several construction photos).

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Now more than a year into construction, concrete bridges are taking shape along the 15-mile stretch of dirt road that’s being transformed into Interstate 11. Builders say the project is on pace to open by fall 2018.

When completed, the four-lane highway is expected to reduce travel times up to 30 minutes between Henderson’s southern border and the O’Callaghan-Tillman Bridge downstream from Hoover Dam, all while looping past Boulder City, a small town with roughly 15,000 residents.

There's also this little tidbit about Railroad Pass:
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Nearby, crews are also building a 360-foot-long steel truss bridge over I-11, aimed at reconnecting the railroad tracks between Henderson and Boulder City. The transportation department paved over a section of the tracks at U.S. Highway 93 near Railroad Pass in 1998, which was considered dangerous at the time, Illia said.

I've always thought it interesting that the railroad crossing signals and signs are still there (marked as exempt), but there's no tracks. I'm guessing with the I-515 freeway extension terminating just north of here by 1995-96 prompting travel closer to freeway speeds, having a railroad crossing wasn't a good idea (especially if buses and hazardous cargo was still forced to stop at the tracks). The article goes further to state that Boulder City is looking to make use of the reconnected RR spur for tourism purposes.
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Re: I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2016, 06:52:19 AM »

Google Maps shows Construction is well underway. I wonder what it will be signed as... I vote I-515!
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Re: I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« Reply #13 on: November 10, 2016, 09:29:21 AM »

Google Maps shows Construction is well underway. I wonder what it will be signed as... I vote I-515!

Might make sense to drop the I-515 or make it hidden at the ramp for US 95.  Basically it would be co-signed with US 93, I'd say just put a future I-11 corridor sign somewhere like the Pat Tillman Bridge and call it a day.

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Re: I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2017, 12:58:21 AM »

Update ...

http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/columns/road-warrior/i-11-segment-taking-shape-where-will-it-go-there (1/2/2017)

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Drivers traveling between Las Vegas and Boulder City might notice that the new Interstate 11 is taking shape.

New bridges and retaining walls line a graded dirt path that will become a four-lane highway that’s eventually expected to ease cross-border trade from Mexico to Canada by running through Arizona, Nevada and Idaho.

The $318 million freeway segment currently under construction only runs 15 miles between Henderson’s southern border and the O’Callaghan-Tillman Bridge downstream from Hoover Dam, looping past Boulder City.

Construction started in April 2015, with the Nevada Department of Transportation working on a 2.5-mile stretch of I-11 closest to Las Vegas and the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada completing the rest of the segment.

But what comes after this freeway section is completed in fall 2018?

Bob from Las Vegas wanted to know why there’s been so much debate on where I-11 should run north into the Las Vegas Valley.

Three routes are under consideration, but Bob called two of the options “a disaster.”

Those proposed routes would use mostly existing highway infrastructure that might have to be expanded:

■ West on the 215 Beltway, winding up to a new connection with U.S. Highway 95.

■ North on U.S. 95 through the Spaghetti Bowl to the northwest end of the valley.

■ The third option would involve building a new freeway that would run from the Lake Mead National Recreation Area past Frenchman Mountain, about 8 miles east of Las Vegas, before emerging at Interstate 15, where it would connect with the 215 Beltway west to U.S. 95.

In each case, the I-11 corridor would exit the valley to the north along the existing U.S. Highway 95.

The proposed option to build a new freeway segment is “more costly, but it’s a no-brainer because it would bypass all of the routes that are currently congested,” Bob wrote in an email to the Road Warrior. “It just seems like common sense.”

Perhaps so, Bob. But NDOT officials are still examining where the next segment of I-11 should run. A $5.3 million traffic study analyzing all of the valley’s major freeway corridors — including I-11 — is expected to be completed by spring 2018, NDOT spokesman Tony Illia said.

“Interstate 11 plays an integral role serving the mountain-west region, which is expected to add 32 million more residents between now and 2030,” Illia said. “It will also eventually connect Las Vegas and Phoenix, which are the country’s two largest cities currently not linked by an interstate.”
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Re: I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« Reply #15 on: January 31, 2017, 02:24:08 AM »

MOD NOTE: Replies from 1/18-28/2017 pertaining to the alignment of I-11 through Las Vegas were merged to this thread. This was done to keep commentary on general I-11 potential routings separate from this thread, which is about a specific I-11 project under construction on a known alignment. —Roadfro
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Re: I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« Reply #16 on: February 05, 2017, 11:36:03 PM »

Google Maps shows Construction is well underway. I wonder what it will be signed as... I vote I-515!

This suggests I-11:

https://www.nevadadot.com/uploadedFiles/NDOT/About_NDOT/Board_of_Directors/TB%203-10-14%20BC%20Bypass.pdf

Apparently the game plan (as of 2014) was not just to sign Phases 1 & 2 as I-11 from the start, but also to let a separate pure signing contract (which Nevada DOT does not do, as a rule) to change I-515 to I-11.
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Re: I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« Reply #17 on: February 06, 2017, 05:18:31 AM »

Google Maps shows Construction is well underway. I wonder what it will be signed as... I vote I-515!

This suggests I-11:

https://www.nevadadot.com/uploadedFiles/NDOT/About_NDOT/Board_of_Directors/TB%203-10-14%20BC%20Bypass.pdf

Apparently the game plan (as of 2014) was not just to sign Phases 1 & 2 as I-11 from the start, but also to let a separate pure signing contract (which Nevada DOT does not do, as a rule) to change I-515 to I-11.

So that's at least a preliminary indicator that I-11 will be utilizing present I-515?  Didn't know that an alignment past the I-215 junction had been formally selected as of yet.
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Re: I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« Reply #18 on: February 06, 2017, 09:13:12 AM »

Apparently the game plan (as of 2014) was not just to sign Phases 1 & 2 as I-11 from the start, but also to let a separate pure signing contract (which Nevada DOT does not do, as a rule) to change I-515 to I-11.

So that's at least a preliminary indicator that I-11 will be utilizing present I-515?  Didn't know that an alignment past the I-215 junction had been formally selected as of yet.

I had forgotten about this. NDOT does have the AASHTO approval for signing I-11 from I-215 through the project (I think to the Hoover Dam bridge).

But that doesn't necessarily mean the final alignment has been settled...two of the three proposed alternatives (the US 95 and CC 215 alignments) would use this portion of the I-515 alignment anyway. I think this has more to do with getting the I-11 number signed in the field.
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Re: I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« Reply #19 on: February 06, 2017, 05:05:58 PM »

Apparently the game plan (as of 2014) was not just to sign Phases 1 & 2 as I-11 from the start, but also to let a separate pure signing contract (which Nevada DOT does not do, as a rule) to change I-515 to I-11.

So that's at least a preliminary indicator that I-11 will be utilizing present I-515?  Didn't know that an alignment past the I-215 junction had been formally selected as of yet.

I had forgotten about this. NDOT does have the AASHTO approval for signing I-11 from I-215 through the project (I think to the Hoover Dam bridge).

But that doesn't necessarily mean the final alignment has been settled...two of the three proposed alternatives (the US 95 and CC 215 alignments) would use this portion of the I-515 alignment anyway. I think this has more to do with getting the I-11 number signed in the field.

Now that's interesting -- the possibility that the present I-215/515 junction will be, for a time, a 3-way interchange with I-11, I-215, and I-515 having common termini!  And I thought I-280 and I-680 butting heads in San Jose was weird!   ;-)
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Re: I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« Reply #20 on: February 06, 2017, 05:15:39 PM »

We already have that: I-64/264/664.
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Re: I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« Reply #21 on: February 06, 2017, 06:24:33 PM »

We already have that: I-64/264/664.

In NE2's example, the two 3DIs are children of the 2DI (64/264/664).

In the case of I-11 in Las Vegas, the two 3DIs are *not* children of the 2DI but rather they are the children of I-15.  It's a fun oddity in any case. :)
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Re: I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« Reply #22 on: February 08, 2017, 08:09:09 AM »

I-90/I-290/I-395.  Just sayin'.
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« Reply #23 on: February 08, 2017, 06:47:21 PM »

Now that's interesting -- the possibility that the present I-215/515 junction will be, for a time, a 3-way interchange with I-11, I-215, and I-515 having common termini!  And I thought I-280 and I-680 butting heads in San Jose was weird!   ;-)
We already have that: I-64/264/664.

In NE2's example, the two 3DIs are children of the 2DI (64/264/664).

In the case of I-11 in Las Vegas, the two 3DIs are *not* children of the 2DI but rather they are the children of I-15.  It's a fun oddity in any case. :)
I-90/I-290/I-395.  Just sayin'.

But the 90/290/395 junction isn't fully a mutual terminus; I-90 continues through the interchange unscathed!  But 11/215/515 would be the first time where the 2di terminated at a pair of 3di "children" of a completely different 2di -- and all had a common (albeit likely very temporary) termination point.  OK -- the distinction's a bit arcane, but it is unique!   
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Re: I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« Reply #24 on: May 19, 2017, 09:50:28 PM »

The Las Vegas Review-Journal updates us with a report and photo gallery:
https://www.reviewjournal.com/traffic/breathtaking-view-highlights-coming-interstate-linking-las-vegas-phoenix/

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The first interstate linking Las Vegas and Phoenix will ease traffic congestion and offer a spectacular vista above Lake Mead, transportation officials promised Friday during a tour of ongoing construction.

“It’s a breathtaking, panoramic view of one of the nation’s largest man-made lakes,” Nevada Department of Transportation spokesman Tony Illia said.

The 15-mile stretch of Interstate 11, touted as Nevada’s “largest infrastructure project,” is expected to open by June 2018.

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