Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009 | 2 a.m.
What is the projected date for finishing the Las Vegas Beltway? And will it be a full interstate or will part of it remain Clark County 215, as it is now?
— John Kawano
The Beltway is expected to be complete by the end of 2014. But the date should be written in pencil, not chiseled in asphalt.
Not too long ago officials were saying the Beltway would be finished by 2013. That was before the recession cut into some of the taxes paying for the work — 1 percent of the motor vehicle tax (down), gas tax (down) and the development tax (way down).
The work of rebuilding the roadway as an interstate freeway continues. Crews are expected to finish the section between Charleston Boulevard and Summerlin Parkway by early next year. Work will soon begin between Tenaya Way and Decatur Boulevard in the northwest valley. And Clark County is preparing to ask for bids to build the section between North Fifth Street and Range Road.
When all 53 miles are built to federal standards — whenever that is — it will be officially designated an interstate highway, Interstate 215, and turned over to the Nevada Department of Transportation. There are I-215 highways in Riverside and San Bernardino, Calif., and Salt Lake City, which connect to I-15.