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New Mesquite I-15 interchange breaks ground

posted Dec 1, 2015, 8:36 AM by Aaron Baker   [ updated Feb 11, 2016, 4:56 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]
Exit 118 will alleviate truck traffic for motorists, help city’s plan for growth  

Mesquite residents, along with the trucking and commerce industry, will benefit from a new Exit 118 / I-15 interchange construction project that city and business leaders  launched today. The new interchange, scheduled to be completed in summer of 2016, will divert heavy truck traffic from local roads and advance the city’s master transportation plan for growth and economic diversity. The $14.7 million project is funded through Fuel Revenue Indexing (FRI), an initiative of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC).

City of Mesquite Mayor and RTC Board Member Allan Litman, Do It Best Corporation General Manager Wendy Kinney, and Mesquite Regional Business President George Gault unveiled a rendering of the new interchange and 300-foot long, four-lane bridge over I-15. A 1,950-foot long, four-lane (two lanes in each direction) approach roadway will also be constructed north of the I-15 corridor between the new bridge and West Pioneer Boulevard. Two bicycle lanes and a sidewalk will connect to future trails in the area.

“As an RTC board member, I have seen firsthand the positive effects Fuel Revenue Indexing has had on Southern Nevada since it was implemented in 2014, and I am thrilled to be here today to celebrate a FRI project in Mesquite,” said Litman.

Gault, who leads the organization charged with attracting businesses to the area, emphasized the importance of factors that businesses consider when expanding or relocating.

“These factors include access to raw materials and a strong transportation infrastructure that offers easy accessibility – all directly linked to our economy,” he said. “Mobility and connectivity, which this project advances, save time, and we all know that time is money in our economy.”

Do It Best Corporation is a prime example of a beneficiary of the new interchange. The company serves 3,800 member-owned locations throughout the United States and 53 countries. It is the only U.S.-based full-line, full-service, member-owned distributor of lumber, hardware and building materials products in the home improvement industry.

“The interchange will not only help divert industrial and commercial traffic off our city roadways, but it will create direct access to businesses like mine,” said Kinney of Do It Best. “It also will provide a more direct and convenient route for trucks to access the 800-acre master planned Mesquite Technology and Commerce Center (MTCC).”

The MTCC is home to numerous technology, industrial, distribution and manufacturing businesses.

The project will generate 190 jobs. Meadow Valley is the general contractor.

About FRI
Revenue is generated every time a motorist fuels their vehicle, and a portion of what they pay at the pump helps create jobs by funding transportation and public safety projects across Clark County. Average motorists contribute about a dime a day over a three-year period (Jan. 2014 – Dec. 2016). Fuel Revenue Indexing funds help keep pace with material and labor costs, raising $700 million, funding 220 projects and creating 9,000 jobs.

About the RTC
The RTC is the transit authority, transportation planning organization and regional traffic management agency for Southern Nevada. The RTC’s vision is to provide a safe, convenient and effective regional transportation system that enhances mobility and air quality for citizens and visitors. The RTC encourages residents and visitors to use a variety of transportation choices to help reduce traffic congestion, clean the air and improve the quality of life in Southern Nevada. For more information, visit rtcsnv.com.
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