Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 | 1:48 p.m.
CARSON CITY — Construction of the Boulder City bypass could be delayed as much as a year in a dispute between the state Transportation Department and property owners along the route over land prices.
State Transportation Director Rudy Malfabon said one owner wants more than $60 million for property and loss of income. That could send the case to court, which might take a year to make a decision, officials said.
The property involved is Jericho Heights, which is part of the first phase of the project. It is estimated that the bypass connecting the Hoover Dam bypass bridge and U.S. 95 will cost more than $500 million to build.
Malfabon told the state Transportation Board some work has already started on the first part of the two-phase project.
In other action, the board awarded a $39.9 million contract to Las Vegas Paving for a new interchange at Cactus Avenue and Interstate 15.
The state had initially estimated the cost at $49.8 million, but the winning bid was significantly lower. Construction on the interchange should start by summer.