On Christmas Eve, the Nevada Department of Transportation delivered an early Christmas present to Las Vegas motorists, substantially completing the Interstate 15 design-build north project … 10 months early.
Ramps to and from I-15 at Lake Mead Boulevard in North Las Vegas opened to traffic on the day before Christmas.
The ramp openings marked the opening of all significant traffic movements on the $240 million project, designed to improve the I-15 corridor from the I-15/U.S. Highway 95 “Spaghetti Bowl” to Craig Road in North Las Vegas.
The first design-build project for NDOT, built by North Corridor Constructors, will still have some minor lane closures throughout the month of January as crews put final touches to the project.
The project had originally been scheduled for completion in the fall of 2010.
In years past, NDOT was not always known for this level of alacrity. In an era when government needs to be stretching more value out of every dollar, it’s nice to see somebody over there is doing something right.