State To Receive $79 Million For Transportation Projects

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Nevada will receive more than $79 million in federal transportation money, with one-fourth of it earmarked for continued construction of the Las Vegas monorail.

"This money will do more than just build roads and bridges," Sen. Harry Reid said in announcing the appropriation.

"It will create new jobs in Nevada and help people commute to their current jobs more easily. It will reduce air pollution and help keep us all healthier," Reid, D-Nev., said in a statement Wednesday.

Of the $79.15 million allocation, $20 million is for the four-mile-long monorail that will run along the east side of the Strip.

Another $8.8 million will be used for renovations and new equipment at airports in Las Vegas, Reno, North Las Vegas and Henderson.

Widening of U.S. 95 in southern Nevada will receive $8 million, $7 million will go for development of the Hoover Dam bypass bridge and $6 million is earmarked for bus and rail terminals in Reno.

Other allocations in the $373 billion spending bill include:

- $3 million for the Craig Road overpass in Clark County.

- $2 million for improvements to Interstate-80 between northern Nevada and Northern California.

- $1 million for Bus Rapid Transit service on Virginia Street in Reno.

- $1 million for the development of a Magnetic Levitation train between southern Nevada and Southern California.

- $500,000 to begin work on an interstate bridge between Laughlin and Bullhead City, Ariz.

- $500,000 for special transportation services for the elderly or disabled in rural areas and cities including Fallon, Winnemucca, Elko, West Wendover, Ely, Virginia City, Laughlin, Mesquite, Douglas County, Lyon County, Lincoln County, and Lake Tahoe.