Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 | 1:33 p.m.
The Nevada Department of Transportation broke ground today on the $73 million next phase of the Centennial Bowl interchange project — where U.S. 95 meets the 215 Beltway in northwest Las Vegas.
The project calls for removing part of the Oso Blanca Road ramp and the old north-to-west loop, making room for three new freeway flyover ramp connections, officials said.
“This interchange connection greatly enhances traffic, mobility and motorist safety, while establishing a new gateway corridor for the Centennial area,” NDOT Director Rudy Malfabon said in a news release.
“Currently, over 107,500 vehicles daily travel the ramps and freeways at U.S. 95 and the 215 Beltway, and it’s only expected to grow in the future,” he said.
The upgrades are being paid for with $54 million in state funds and $19 million in federal money, officials said.
The project will improve accessibility, mobility and safety for residents and businesses,” said Clark County Commissioner Larry Brown, who represents District C.
Construction includes building the state’s second longest bridge at 2,635 feet long — the equivalent of seven football fields, officials said. Other improvement include a second flyover, drainage upgrades, new lighting and landscaping.
The project will create up to 150 jobs during the peak of construction, officials said. Las Vegas Paving is the general contractor.