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Freeway interchange planned for I-15 at Starr Avenue by end of 2018

Updated October 9, 2017 - 5:40 pm

Las Vegas Paving was awarded a pair of lucrative construction contracts Monday, including a deal that calls for building a $33.7 million freeway interchange for Interstate 15 at Starr Avenue in the southern valley.

The interchange is aimed at easing traffic congestion in Henderson by filling a missing link on Starr between Las Vegas Boulevard and Dean Martin Drive, the Nevada Department of Transportation said.

Plans also call for building a freeway bridge run above Starr and adding sidewalks, landscaping, traffic signals, bicycle lanes, street lights and drainage areas, NDOT officials said.

By the time it opens in late 2018, the Starr interchange is expected to improve access to McCarran International Airport for residents of the southern valley, NDOT officials said.

Construction is expected to start by year’s end on the project, funded by a combination of federal money and the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada’s fuel revenue indexing tax.

The NDOT board on Monday also awarded an $8.88 million contract to Las Vegas Paving to rehabilitate a stretch of U.S. Highway 93 running through the Moapa River Indian Reservation. Plans call for widening the highway’s shoulders and northbound lanes for a truck climbing lane and flattening slopes in an area between Interstate 15 and State Route 168.

Separately, Atkins was awarded a $6.93 million contract to design new ramps, flyovers and street connections for a new freeway interchange connecting Interstate 15 to the northern 215 Beltway in North Las Vegas.

Contact Art Marroquin at amarroquin@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0336. Find @AMarroquin_LV on Twitter.

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