LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Another busy weekend in the valley means another weekend of bumper-to-bumper traffic heading to Southern California.
This isn’t new to drivers, but it’s a priority for some elected officials who are hoping the giant infrastructure bill sitting in Congress will mean a solution.
Mayor Carolyn Goodman thinks the state of California should cover the costs.
âWe had friends from LA. It took them three and a half hours. Nine back. New, âsaid Carolyn Goodman, Mayor of Las Vegas.
Many drivers have probably had a similar experience – which is why Goodman has his foot on the accelerator. She wants to widen I-15, California side.
âIt’s the traffic jam. It’s ridiculous, “she said.” For us, selfishly, it’s about tourism and getting these people from the Southern California area easily, “adds Goodman.
However, the issue goes beyond that, Mayor Goodman cites nationwide trade and freight. âThese are the connecting roads and the key is Barstow at the state border,â she said.
The city of Las Vegas estimates that it will cost $ 1.8 billion to widen 114 miles of freeway. The national cost of the current congestion is $ 3 billion per year.
âWe know the facts because we have the best civil engineers here,â Goodman said.
Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom agrees the situation is a mess.
“You see that line and you think, who would come back here after that?” Segerblom adds.
However, he also says Nevada should foot the bill since the state is the recipient of tourism dollars.
“I think it’s in our best interest to make sure this road exists no matter who pays for it and if we have to pay for it from our budget and our infrastructure, it’s good money. spent, âSegerblom said.
Regardless of who pays for it, the California Department of Transportation is responsible.
8 News We have now reached out to CalTrans for a response, their full statement is included below.
âCaltrans has had discussions regarding the potential widening of this segment of Interstate 15 (I-15) with our partners, but currently the department has no plans for this type of effort. Currently, Caltrans has prioritized a remedial first approach to managing the state’s transportation system. While there are no plans to widen I-15 at this time, Caltrans is currently working with Brightline West to develop a bullet train project between Apple Valley and Las Vegas. This project is expected to reduce congestion and improve mobility along I-15.
California Department of Transportation