Centennial Bowl Opens in Northwest Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS, NEV. – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, City of Las Vegas, and Clark County, celebrated the opening of the $47 million U.S. 95 / 215 Beltway interchange, or “Centennial Bowl,” in northwest Las Vegas. Las Vegas Paving Corp. was the general contractor.
The “Centennial Bowl” opening coincides with the department of transportation’s centennial anniversary. The event consequently featured the unveiling of an 85-lb. American flag, measuring 50-foot-long by 20-foot-wide, which was dramatically unfurled from atop a 60-foot-tall bridge connecting westbound 215 with southbound U.S. 95.
“This interchange connection greatly enhances traffic, mobility and motorist safety while establishing a new gateway corridor for the Centennial area,” said NDOT Director Rudy Malfabon. “Currently, over 107,500 vehicles daily travel the ramps and freeways at U.S. 95 and the 215 Beltway, and it’s only expected to grow in the future.”
The project built north and southbound U.S. 95 connection ramps to the east and westbound Beltway, respectively, while also adding a southbound collector distributor road. Other enhancements entailed a 2,500-foot-long flyover – roughly seven football fields laid end-to-end –linking westbound 215 with southbound U.S. 95. Other upgrades entailed 8,200 feet of storm drainage – the equivalent length of 87 contiguous basketball courts – plus new signs, lighting, and landscaping.
“This project helps create a reliable transportation network that enhances cultural and economic access in the northwest valley,” said Clark County Commissioner Larry Brown, who represents District C. “It improves accessibility, mobility and safety for residents and businesses.”
The improvements created 607 direct, indirect, and induced jobs. The project finished on time and within budget. Construction was underwritten through a combination of funds, including monies from the Federal Highway Administration ($19.5 million), State of Nevada ($6.4 million), Fuel Revenue Indexing ($6.4 million), and the Clark County Regional Flood Control District ($14.4 million).
Project Groundbreaking – August 6, 2015
Project Completion – July 13, 2017
Project Schedule – 400 working days; or 3.4 football seasons
Employment – 607 direct, indirect and induced jobs created; or enough to staff 67 baseball teams
Project Cost – $47 million
Longest Bridge – 2,500 feet; or the length of seven football fields laid end-to-end
Excavation – 320,390 cubic yards; or enough to fill 140 swimming pools with dirt
Asphalt – 21,867 tons; or enough to pave 2,750 average-sized driveways
Steel – 7.6 million pounds; or enough to build 950 school buses
Concrete – 32,000 cubic yards; or enough to build a sidewalk from Las Vegas to St. George, Utah
Drainage – 8,200 feet, or the equivalent length of 87 contiguous basketball courts
Funding – Federal Highway Administration ($19.5 million), State of Nevada ($6.4 million), Fuel Revenue Indexing ($6.4 million), and the Clark County Regional Flood Control District ($14.4 million).