Board Approves Bidding on $450 Million Worth of Nevada Highway Projects

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Transportation Board has decided that about $450 million worth of highway construction and
improvement projects will go out to bid this fiscal year.

Kent Cooper, assistant director of engineering for the state Transportation Department, says the job bid total authorized by the
board, chaired by Gov. Jim Gibbons, is "very conservative given
the economic times."

The biggest item on the list, which won unanimous approval from the seven board members, is an estimated $240 million design-build project on four miles of Interstate 15, from Tropicana Boulevard to the Blue Diamond Highway in southern Nevada.

The project includes widening, improved onramps and offramps and
other improvements.

Also up for bidding is a widening project on McCarran Boulevard in Reno, from Interstate 80 to Seventh Street, at an estimated cost of $14 million. The project, in the McQueen High area, calls for widening from four to six lanes.

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