Driving You Crazy: Cactus Interchange - 8 News NOW

Driving You Crazy: Cactus Interchange

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LAS VEGAS - Many drivers want to know if Cactus Avenue will ever connect with I-15, easing traffic to the southwest valley.

The Cactus interchange will happen. The groundbreaking takes place Friday. In 2009, county officials had a project design in place, but didn't have enough financing. The Nevada Department of Transportation picked up the plan.

In 2011, they were halfway through the design phase. The design is now complete, and crews are ready to break out the shovels.

This $62 million project will provide a new interchange at Cactus to get on to I-15. The project will eventually become three travel lanes that link Cactus from Dean Martin Drive to the Strip. Traffic signals will also be installed along Cactus at Dean Martin and at Las Vegas Boulevard.

This provides a connection for areas in the south valley that have seen rapid population growth during the past decade. It will also lead to less traffic on St. Rose Parkway, Silverado Ranch Boulevard and Blue Diamond Road.

The Cactus interchange is expected to open in 2014.

What's driving you crazy? You can send your traffic complaints and questions to Brian Loftus.

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