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Re: I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« Reply #150 on: May 11, 2018, 07:37:36 PM »

Does anyone know if AZ is planning to sign their portion of the freeway approach to the O'Callaghan/Tillman bridge as I-11?

AFAIK, they are not, at least not until the portion of US 93 between AZ 68 and the bridge is completely up to freeway standards.  I don't know if they even have a timetable for that yet.  They seem to be more interested in finalizing a route from Wickenburg to Nogales before building any of it.  The segment south of I-8 is completely unnecessary.
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Re: I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« Reply #151 on: May 11, 2018, 10:09:35 PM »

On another note, I drove this earlier this week.  Heading from AZ into Las Vegas is a bit easier being that you no longer have to go through the stoplight in front of Railroad Pass now that you drive on the new lanes.

However, the what seems to be the constantly moving chokepoint over there seemed to move onto the freeway.  Based on my observation, the new I-11 with only two lanes each way from Railroad Pass up to the Boulder Hwy exit seems to be inadequate already.  With all the Boulder City, US 93 and US 95 traffic funneling into two lanes for a few miles, speeds were down to 30 mph on a midweek afternoon.  There were no incidents either.  Once you get up to Boulder Hwy I-11/I-515 opens up to three lanes and traffic sped up to the speed limit then.  It looks like it was designed to be able to add a third lane based on the widths of the underpasses, but it seems it should have been built now.

The slowdown you described seems excessively low. I never experienced that in the before condition, except in dealing with the signal at Railroad Pass Casino. It makes me think there had been something that happened, probably much earlier than when you passed through, that affected traffic. Given how spread out the northbound onramps are from US 95 to Railroad Pass Casino Rd to Boulder City Pkwy/future BUS 93, I think the merging will be sufficiently spread out that two lanes of traffic will be fine. (Also note that constructing to three lanes would've required expanding the overpasses at Paradise Hills Dr (just before Boulder Hwy). But yes, they could expand later if needed--nowadays, NDOT seems to construct overpasses with enough room underneath to fit 4-5 lanes each way, even if the freeway is unlikely to ever be expanded that much.
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Re: I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« Reply #152 on: May 14, 2018, 12:44:58 PM »

On another note, I drove this earlier this week.  Heading from AZ into Las Vegas is a bit easier being that you no longer have to go through the stoplight in front of Railroad Pass now that you drive on the new lanes.

However, the what seems to be the constantly moving chokepoint over there seemed to move onto the freeway.  Based on my observation, the new I-11 with only two lanes each way from Railroad Pass up to the Boulder Hwy exit seems to be inadequate already.  With all the Boulder City, US 93 and US 95 traffic funneling into two lanes for a few miles, speeds were down to 30 mph on a midweek afternoon.  There were no incidents either.  Once you get up to Boulder Hwy I-11/I-515 opens up to three lanes and traffic sped up to the speed limit then.  It looks like it was designed to be able to add a third lane based on the widths of the underpasses, but it seems it should have been built now.

This doesn't surprise me – I've encountered volume issues there (especially inbound) in the past. That being said, I'm not sure it's a terrible thing – a slowdown to 30 mph a few hours a day isn't a huge issue, and the millions in expenses to add a truck lane probably aren't worth the benefit.
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Re: I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« Reply #153 on: May 15, 2018, 10:33:55 AM »

......It's heeeeeeere.........

Looks like the nascent I-11 stretch will in fact be open quite soon, according to the LV press:

https://www.reviewjournal.com/traffic/15-mile-segment-of-i-11-to-open-three-months-ahead-of-schedule/
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Re: I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« Reply #154 on: May 16, 2018, 09:43:20 AM »

......It's heeeeeeere.........

Looks like the nascent I-11 stretch will in fact be open quite soon, according to the LV press:

https://www.reviewjournal.com/traffic/15-mile-segment-of-i-11-to-open-three-months-ahead-of-schedule/

That's great news. I might have to fly out there again one of these days to drive the new segment.
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Re: I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« Reply #155 on: May 16, 2018, 02:50:39 PM »

......It's heeeeeeere.........

Looks like the nascent I-11 stretch will in fact be open quite soon, according to the LV press:

https://www.reviewjournal.com/traffic/15-mile-segment-of-i-11-to-open-three-months-ahead-of-schedule/

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Travel Center at the Railroad Pass was built on a 24-acre parcel, with… a dozen charging stations for electric vehicles

This is very exciting news as well! A sign of things to come in the future.
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Re: I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« Reply #156 on: May 20, 2018, 02:48:51 PM »

Phase 1 construction (end I-515 to new US 95 interchange, originally scheduled to be completed in April 2018) should be opened to drivers by 7am on Wednesday, May 23rd.

First phase of I-11 opens next week near Las Vegas, Las Vegas Review-Journal, 5/17/18
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The first phase of Interstate 11, stretching 2 ½ miles from the U.S. Highway 95 interchange in Boulder City to Foothill Drive in Henderson, will open to traffic by 7 a.m. Wednesday, the Nevada Department of Transportation said.

That initial concrete segment built by NDOT was supposed to be completed last month, but “equipment issues” forced construction crews to continue painting stripes along the road and adding some other finishing touches through next week, officials said.
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Re: I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« Reply #157 on: May 21, 2018, 11:33:42 AM »

Phase 1 construction (end I-515 to new US 95 interchange, originally scheduled to be completed in April 2018) should be opened to drivers by 7am on Wednesday, May 23rd.

First phase of I-11 opens next week near Las Vegas, Las Vegas Review-Journal, 5/17/18
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The first phase of Interstate 11, stretching 2 ½ miles from the U.S. Highway 95 interchange in Boulder City to Foothill Drive in Henderson, will open to traffic by 7 a.m. Wednesday, the Nevada Department of Transportation said.

That initial concrete segment built by NDOT was supposed to be completed last month, but “equipment issues” forced construction crews to continue painting stripes along the road and adding some other finishing touches through next week, officials said.
Thanks for the head's up!
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Re: I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« Reply #158 on: May 21, 2018, 12:59:21 PM »

Phase 1 construction (end I-515 to new US 95 interchange, originally scheduled to be completed in April 2018) should be opened to drivers by 7am on Wednesday, May 23rd.

First phase of I-11 opens next week near Las Vegas, Las Vegas Review-Journal, 5/17/18
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The first phase of Interstate 11, stretching 2 ½ miles from the U.S. Highway 95 interchange in Boulder City to Foothill Drive in Henderson, will open to traffic by 7 a.m. Wednesday, the Nevada Department of Transportation said.

That initial concrete segment built by NDOT was supposed to be completed last month, but “equipment issues” forced construction crews to continue painting stripes along the road and adding some other finishing touches through next week, officials said.

Darn it!  I'm in Vegas right now but I'm headed home on Tuesday.   :banghead:

I guess I'll have to wait until October to get a look at the new freeway. *sigh*
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Re: I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« Reply #159 on: May 22, 2018, 02:29:02 PM »

Phase 1 construction (end I-515 to new US 95 interchange, originally scheduled to be completed in April 2018) should be opened to drivers by 7am on Wednesday, May 23rd.

First phase of I-11 opens next week near Las Vegas, Las Vegas Review-Journal, 5/17/18
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The first phase of Interstate 11, stretching 2 ½ miles from the U.S. Highway 95 interchange in Boulder City to Foothill Drive in Henderson, will open to traffic by 7 a.m. Wednesday, the Nevada Department of Transportation said.

That initial concrete segment built by NDOT was supposed to be completed last month, but “equipment issues” forced construction crews to continue painting stripes along the road and adding some other finishing touches through next week, officials said.

Darn it!  I'm in Vegas right now but I'm headed home on Tuesday.  :banged:

I guess I'll have to wait until October to get a look at the new freeway. *sigh*
You'll only be missing the mile or so between US 95 and Railroad Pass Casino Rd. That's the small remaining part of Phase 1 opening tomorrow. The bulk of Phase 2 will not be opened until late-summer. Those DOT announcements always seem to make these openings seem more grandiose than they really are. But when the 12.5-mile Phase 2 opens, it WILL be a big deal.
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Re: I-11/US 93 - Boulder City Bypass
« Reply #160 on: May 24, 2018, 11:09:04 AM »

Darn it!  I'm in Vegas right now but I'm headed home on Tuesday.   :banghead:

I guess I'll have to wait until October to get a look at the new freeway. *sigh*

If it's any consolation, when you're there in October, the whole bypass will be complete!
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