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Fuel for Thought is a periodic newsletter of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC). The newsletter’s goal is to keep Southern Nevadans informed about the progress and accomplishments from their contributions to the Fuel Revenue Indexing initiative (FRI). Proceeds from FRI are funding 199 transportation projects throughout the valley and adding approximately 9,000 jobs over the next three years, helping to support our economic diversification and improving the quality of life for all Southern Nevadans. We welcome your input – please visit rtcsnv.com/fri to provide public comment.


Timing is Everything

By the end of 2014, more than 70 percent of the 199 FRI projects will be under contract

If “timing is everything,” then it couldn’t have been better for the first year of Fuel Revenue Indexing (FRI), which is funding critically needed roadway and bridge projects, traffic signals and pedestrian safety improvements.

The Southern Nevada economy is on the upswing with mothballed commercial projects back on track or completed, new Resort Corridor projects under construction, a declining jobless rate, and an influx of new residents as housing and economic opportunities ramp up.

The first FRI funded projects launched in April on the 215 Beltway at Durango and Buffalo Drives, where bridges over the beltway will enhance connectivity and improve the commute of thousands of residents in the far northwest valley.

By the fourth quarter of 2014, 64 contracts valued at $153 million were awarded for FRI projects, meaning nearly 2,000 jobs have been created so far and 43 local small businesses have been hired. By year’s end, more than 70 percent of the 199 projects planned will be under either design or under construction contract. That’s a far cry from pre-FRI days, when the RTC had only $22.4 million per year to spend on these types of projects, creating a huge gap as area infrastructure continued to stagnate and needs grew.

These projects solve challenges and literally pave the way for economic growth for our community, which is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country. State demographers predict Clark County could grow by 328,000 in the next 20 years.

Pictured Above, Left to Right (top: before, bottom: after): Fort Apache and Maule traffic signal installation; Galleria to Lake Las Vegas roadway construction; Main and Commerce roadway and pedestrian improvements.

Here are some recent examples of FRI funding at work for Southern Nevada:

  • A $40.8 million FRI investment in a $52 million project, recently launched in North Las Vegas, will bring the 215 Beltway to freeway standards from Decatur Boulevard to North 5th Street with traffic signals and utility improvements to create better access for residents.
  • A ribbon cutting recently opened the final section of Galleria Drive from Boulder Highway to Lake Las Vegas. The $12.9 million public-private partnership, including $3.7 million ($1 million in FRI funds) from the RTC, connects downtown Henderson to Lake Las Vegas, making it easier for motorists and cyclists to get to and from shopping and services.

Pedestrian safety projects were launched and/or completed near schools and busy streets:

  • Traffic signals were installed for improved pedestrian safety access at Maule Avenue and Fort Apache Road near Faiss Middle School and park. Another signal recently was activated just south of the school at Fort Apache and Warm Springs Road, alleviating tricky navigation at this busy “T” intersection.
  • Four projects were started in North Las Vegas, including the one on Simmons Street from Cheyenne Avenue to Alexander Road which includes a traffic signal, school flashers and better pedestrian access for Cheyenne High School students to travel more safely to and from classes.

In downtown Las Vegas, FRI is contributing $8 million of the $34 million cost to turn Main and Commerce Streets into parallel one-way thoroughfares. The project will create wider sidewalks with landscaping, shorter pedestrian crossing distances and green bike lanes.

Local and visiting motorists are making these important projects possible every time they stop for fuel. It costs drivers an average of a dime a day to fund Southern Nevada’s infrastructure future.

Watch for a 2015 banner year of projects that will continue to help move people, goods and services more efficiently throughout Southern Nevada.


Road Works

Nevada Barricade and Sign steers out of recession


Watch this video to learn how Nevada Barricade and Sign, which provides vital services for roadway projects, used Fuel Revenue Indexing (FRI) to put Southern Nevadans back to work.

Nevada Barricade and Sign, which provides vital services for roadway projects, faced its own set of roadblocks until Fuel Revenue Indexing (FRI) arrived this year. Andy Toulouse, traffic manager at the small, woman-owned and operated business, details in this video how the company steered through the recession’s twists and turns into a smoother ride.


Down the Road

Upcoming FRI projects in your area through April 2015

City of Henderson:

  • Project: High View Drive - Green Valley Parkway to Valley Verde Drive
    FRI Funding: $1,750,000
    Projected Start: 2/1/2015
    This project will improve pedestrian and cyclist safety with sidewalk repairs and new bicycle lanes.
  • Project: Gibson Road - Horizon Ridge Parkway to I-215
    FRI Funding: $1,100,000
    Projected Start: 2/1/2015
    This project will bring much needed roadway improvements to the area including bike lanes and breakdown lanes, which will improve safety for both cyclists and commuters.
  • Project: Horizon Ridge Parkway- Gibson Road to Las Palmas Entrada Avenue
    FRI Funding: $1,275,000
    Projected Start: 2/1/2015
    This project will include new bike lanes and breakdown lanes, which will improve safety for both cyclists and commuters.
  • Project: Valle Verde Drive - Warm Springs Road to High View Drive
    FRI Funding: $1,000,000
    Projected Start: 2/1/2015
    This project will include the construction of new sidewalks and bicycle lanes, which will improve the safety of both pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Project: Volunteer Boulevard - Las Vegas Boulevard to Anthem Boundary and Executive Airport Drive
    FRI Funding: $6,240,000
    Projected Start: 3/1/2015
    This project will include the widening of the road from two to four lanes, which will reduce congestion in the area.
  • Project: Stephanie Street - Russell Road to Galleria Drive
    (Phase I and II: Bridge Embankment)
    FRI Funding: $21,979,400
    Projected Start: 1/1/2015
    This project will include the construction of a new bridge over US95/I215 which will provide residents with better access to nearby businesses, shopping centers and residential neighborhoods.

City of North Las Vegas:

  • Project: Centennial Parkway - Camino Eldorado to Lamb Boulevard
    FRI Funding: $5,421,000

    Centennial Parkway/Black Oaks Street
    
FRI Funding: $67,725

    Projected Start: 12/1/2014
    This project will include several pedestrian safety improvements including new sidewalks, street lighting, pedestrian crossings and medians.
  • Project: Simmons Street - Cheyenne Avenue to Red Coach Avenue
    (Phase II: Alexander Road to Red Coach Avenue)

    FRI Funding: $4,876,200

    Projected Start: 12/1/2014
    This project will include new and upgraded lighting, landscaping and lane widening which will improve traffic congestion in the area.

City of Las Vegas:

  • Project: Smoke Ranch Road - Jones Boulevard to Rancho Drive
    FRI Funding: $1,000,000
    Projected Start: 4/1/2015
    This project will bring pedestrian improvements to the area including pedestrian flashers with a median refuge island to increase safety for pedestrians crossing Smoke Ranch Road.

Clark County

  • Project: CC-215 - Airport Connector Phase II Clark County
    FRI Funding: $32,500,000
    Projected Start: 1/1/2015
    This project will widen westbound I-215 providing congestion relief between the Airport Connector and Las Vegas Blvd. The project also includes an upgraded sound wall, lighting and new landscaping.
  • Project: Las Vegas Boulevard - St. Rose Parkway to Silverado Ranch Boulevard
    FRI Funding: $12,000,000
    Projected Start: 2/1/2015
    This project will help to alleviate traffic congestion through the widening of the roadway from St. Rose Parkway to Silverado Ranch Boulevard to six lanes.

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