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Date Published: 2010-09-07

Contact: Meg Ragonese

Phone: (775) 888-7172

Title: Upcoming Public Meeting to Discuss Improvements to I-15 Interchange in Mesquite

Story Text:

A Nevada Department of Transportation Sept. 22 public meeting and new project website will provide detailed information on upcoming improvements to I-15 near milepost 120 and Falcon Ridge Parkway in Mesquite.

A partnership between NDOT and the City of Mesquite, the West Mesquite Interchange Design-Build Project will improve travel, safety and access by restructuring the existing I-15 West Mesquite exit to include enhanced interstate exit and on ramps, modern traffic roundabout intersections and reconstructed bridges. Falcon Ridge Parkway underneath I-15 will also be realigned and widened, as well as extended to the southwest to connect with Leavitt Lane. The project will also improve drainage, lighting and landscaping and aesthetics.

The roundabouts are proposed to enhance safety. Because traffic enters and exits through right turns only, the occurrence of severe crashes in roundabouts is substantially less than in many four-way intersections. Lower speeds, increased traffic capacity and decreased delays, congestion, fuel consumption and air pollution are other roundabout benefits found in many national roundabout studies.

Pending environmental clearance, the project is expected to start construction in summer 2011 at a cost of $20 to $25 million. The improvements are planned as a design-build project in which final phases of construction are designed at the same time that earlier phases are being built to reduce overall completion time and cost.

Further project information is available on the new project website located on the “Major Projects” page of www.nevadadot.com.

The public information meeting will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, in the City Council chambers at Mesquite City Hall, 10 E. Mesquite Blvd. in Mesquite. There will be a brief presentation about the project at 5:30 p.m., followed by a short open comment period. The public is invited to attend the open-format meeting at any time between 4 and 7 p.m. to discuss the project and provide comments. Comments can also be made before Oct. 8 on-line at www.nevadadot.com, by e-mail at asearcy@dot.state.nv.us or by mail at NDOT Project Management, 1263 S. Stewart St., Carson City, NV, 89712. Accommodations to assist individuals with disabilities or limited English proficiency should be made with as much advance notice as possible to Julie Maxey, NDOT public hearings officer, at (775) 888-7171.