Option Of Running I-11 Through Lake Mead Area Off The Table

By Jill Ryan
Associated Press
Published: Tuesday, September 7, 2021 - 12:36pm
Updated: Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - 8:26am

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One of the options for building out Interstate 11 is now off the table.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the option of running I-11 through the Lake Mead area near the Arizona state line was removed for numerous reasons, such as the potential impact on sensitive environmental resources and protected areas.

Additionally, access, mobility, connectivity, financial feasibility and public opposition played a role in the decision.

The remaining two corridor options, western and central, will advance for further study as part of the Nevada Department of Transportation Interstate 11 Planning and Environmental Linkages study.

Gov. Jan Brewer and  John Halikowski
Arizona Department of Transportation
Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and ADOT Director John Halikowski unveiled Interstate 11 signs in 2014.

The western corridor option would run from the initial 15 miles of I-11 constructed from the Arizona state line to near the Henderson Spaghetti Bowl, to the 215 Beltway at that point, and then around to link to U.S. Highway 95 in the northwest.

The central corridor alternative could turn from I-11’s endpoint in Henderson and continue on the freeway, where it turns into U.S. Highway 95 and would continue on through to the Kyle Canyon area.

NDOT has an open comment public comment period through Sept. 30 encouraging input on two remaining corridor options and the overall project.

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