Get ready for more traffic growls in downtown Las Vegas as a $ 39 million project is slated to affect US Highway 95 for over a year.
The project will rehabilitate a two mile long viaduct – a long bridge-like structure – that runs from Eastern Avenue to Interstate 15, the Nevada Department of Transportation said Wednesday.
The project is scheduled to start in mid-April. The work lasts six days a week and will last until mid-2022.
“The project will extend the short-term life of the viaduct, parts of which were built almost 60 years ago,” said NDOT spokesman Tony Illia. “However, plans are underway to replace the viaduct as part of the future Downtown Access project, which is currently in the early stages of environmental planning.”
The viaduct project will repair and overlay the entire 1.2 million square foot viaduct deck area between the Union Pacific Railroad (near Main Street) and 21st Street. In addition, the project will reconstruct the off-ramp hinge of Casino Center Boulevard and seismically retrofit various viaduct columns.
A new southbound lane will also be added between I-15 and the East Lane, and the eastbound southbound junction will be expanded to two lanes.
The Eastern and Desert Inn Road bridges, where cracks appeared in the steel box girders, are also being reconstructed.
“The project’s traffic control plan is to keep at least two lanes in each direction during the day,” said Illia. “However, night work can push it to one lane per route.”
The $ 95 route before the pandemic averaged 183,000 vehicles per day, with heavy trucks accounting for 1.2 percent of total traffic.
Due to heavy highway usage, the 370 working day project contract provides up to $ 1.38 million in incentives for the early completion of contractor Las Vegas Paving. In addition, there are penalties of $ 16,250 per day for late completion.
The state and nationwide funded project will create 500 jobs, said Illia.
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