Julie Jacobson / AP
Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 | 2 a.m.
Signage along the nascent Interstate 11 route on U.S. 93/Interstate 515 from Henderson to the Arizona border will be changed to reflect the newest edition to Nevada’s freeway system.
Signs from the Henderson Spaghetti Bowl to the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge near Hoover Dam will be switched from U.S. 95/Interstate 515 to Interstate 11 by the end of the year.
“This will be a significant undertaking,” Nevada Department of Transportation spokesman Tony Illia said. The contract for the signs is still forthcoming, so NDOT did not have further details about the project.
When the first portion of Interstate 11, a 2-mile stretch on the southbound lanes between Railroad Pass and U.S. 95, opened in August, motorists may have been confused while using their GPS systems. Most GPS programs didn’t recognize Interstate 11, which Illia has been trying to correct since.
“After a week of chasing Google down relentlessly, I found a contact,” Illia said. “So hopefully we won't have to go through that again.”
Illia said NDOT cautions drivers not to rely on GPS too heavily because they could be led astray.
“Drivers have become stranded,” Illia said. “(They’ve) followed the app onto unpaved and washed-out roads and have gotten themselves into tight spots leaning on those things too heavily.”
The first two phases of the I-11 project began in Nevada in 2015. The project features a 15-mile stretch of new freeway that allows motorists to bypass the main street of Boulder City. The entire 15 miles will be open to traffic sometime next year.
After the first phases in Nevada are complete, attention will turn to Arizona’s portion. The ultimate goal of the I-11 project is to stretch from Mexico to Canada, outlined in the North American Free Trade Agreement and identified in the CANAMEX Corridor.