Improvements on I-15 near Apex Industrial Park are nearly complete.
They were fast-tracked when state lawmakers passed a deal to bring an electric car maker to southern Nevada. But Faraday Future’s failure wasn’t a complete flop for North Las Vegas.
A maze of cones and signs delineates a major improvement project that goes beyond laying new asphalt and fresh paint.
“We always knew that this was going to be an area of the state that the state wanted to invest in,” said Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison.
NDOT and its contractors are wrapping up work on a five-mile widening of U.S 93 and reconfiguring how it connects with I-15.
It’s part of the effort to improve infrastructure at the 18,000-acre Apex Industrial Park.
When electric car company Faraday Future chose Apex to host its flagship factory, lawmakers passed an incentive package that would help bring water, more power and better roads to Apex.
Back when all of the legislation was passed during the Faraday Future special session, lawmakers were very careful to make sure that even if the Faraday project didn’t materialize, the money and the need would still be there to bring infrastructure improvements like this highway and its interchange out to Apex.
Faraday flopped abandoning its factory site and is now trying to get it up and running in California. But North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee says the improvements that were tied to the project will help attract other tenants to join Virgin Hyperloop One and a sprawling solar plant already out there.
“Faraday was a very nice company, very good concept, they just didn’t materialize, but I can tell you that they put Apex on the map,” Mayor Lee said.
NDOT Director Rudy Malfabon says the safety improvements come in a key corridor that proved to be a crucial detour after severe storms washed out parts of i-15 back in 2014.
“So, we need that kind of redundancy and extra lanes added to 93 to address those types of incidents,” Malfabon said.
With traffic counts expected to double over the next decade and a half, transportation officials say this will all help as more heavy trucks fill up the roads.
North Las Vegas is also set to begin construction on a major water line to Apex. Work on that project is expected to start in Jan. 2019.