Nevada transportation projects to support more than 1K jobs

Submitted to the Tribune

STATELINE, Nev. – State transportation contracts approved during Monday’s Nevada Transportation Board of Directors meeting are projected to generate more than 1,100 jobs while providing a transportation system to keep Nevadans safe and connected.

A projected 1,125 jobs will be supported for one year by the highway contracts and agreements reviewed as part of the March 14 state transportation board meeting.

State transportation improvements reviewed/approved at this month’s state transportation board meeting include:

— Construct roadway, stormwater and hydraulic improvements and install roadway landscape and aesthetics along the I-11 corridor in Las Vegas at Horizon Drive, College Drive, and Wagonwheel Drive interchanges.

Widen Charleston Boulevard, construct ramp improvements at Charleston Boulevard and Eastern Avenue interchanges, as well as construct auxiliary lanes on I-515 between Charleston Boulevard and Eastern Avenue.

Update select advance signal warning systems (flashing warning systems placed in advance of traffic signals) on Pyramid and Mt. Rose highways promote traffic uniformity and safer driver behavior.

Install traffic signal on Pyramid Highway and Egyptian Drive/Sunset Springs Lane north of Reno, to provide dedicated, safer turns to and from the highway, including dedicated turn lanes, and drainage improvements.

Upgrade and repave NDOT’s Ely highway maintenance yard, including new access gates, drainage, and truck wash improvements for enhanced highway maintenance operations.

NDOT contracts are thoroughly reviewed against NDOT engineering estimates and include disadvantaged business enterprise participation goals. Construction start dates vary for each project.

Council of Economic Advisers formulas were used to estimate the number of direct, indirect and induced jobs. It is estimated that every $1 invested in public transportation projects can generate between $2 and $6 in local economic activity.

Source: NDOT

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