The next round of improvements along U.S. 95 broke ground Thursday.
The project aims to widen a stretch of the highway to four lanes along with a new interchange and carpool lanes.
NDOT expects the number of cars using that part of the 95 will double in the next 20 years – from 52,000 to upwards of 120,000 cars per day.
The project will include adding more lanes to the freeway from Durango to Kyle Canyon.
“It’s also the gateway to Mount Charleston, where millions of people enjoy recreational opportunities up on the mountain,” said Clark County Commissioner Larry Brown.
“We’re just exploding with growth and people say you’re either living or you’re dying. And the greatest sign of living and life is growth,” said Nevada Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison.
To symbolize the combined efforts of all the agencies working together – and with nature, a hawk flew in and out and around the event.
The project carries a price tag of $78 million, shared by federal, state and local governments and will also include scenic improvements to the entire area.
The project is expected to be completed in the middle of next year.