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Senate OKs bill for private toll road around Boulder City

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Justin M. Bowen

Vehicles travel toward Henderson on U.S. 93 near Veterans Memorial Drive in Boulder City on Friday, Feb. 25, 2011.

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Traffic leaves town heading toward Henderson on U.S. 93 near Veterans Memorial Drive in Boulder City on Friday, Feb. 25, 2011. Launch slideshow »

The Senate has approved a bill directing the state Transportation Department to find a private company to finance a $400 million toll road around Boulder City.

The bill envisions a 14.5 mile bypass to eliminate traffic jams created by the opening of the Boulder City bypass bridge.

The state would retain the title to highway, but the private company would collect the money from the tolls. A preliminary estimate is the toll would be from 50 cents to $1.

There currently are no toll roads in Nevada.

The vote on SB 214 was 19-2, with Democrats Michael Schneider of Las Vegas and Sheila Leslie of Reno opposed.

Schneider said he has always opposed toll roads and the proposed road around Boulder City is the result of poor planning.

“We’re giving the state away to Wall Street,” he said.

The bill now goes to the Assembly.

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