Ground breaks on final Centennial Bowl phase in northwest Las Vegas

Once completed, project will be one of the state’s largest interchanges with 20 total bridges over three decks

January 12, 2021 / 1 minute read
Ground breaks on final Centennial Bowl phase in northwest Las Vegas
Image: Nevada DOT

The Nevada DOT (NDOT) this week broke ground on the $155 million final phase of the Centennial Bowl interchange where U.S. Highway 95 meets the 215 Beltway in northwest Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Paving Corp. is the general contractor for this project. NDOT says this work will build-out the remaining three ramps needed to finish the system-to-system interchange that first began construction in 2015.

“This interchange will enhance traffic, mobility, and motorist safety while establishing a new gateway for the Centennial area,” NDOT Director Kristina Swallow said in a statement. “Currently, over 107,500 vehicles daily travel the ramps and freeways at U.S. 95 and the 215 Beltway, and it’s only expected to grow in the future.”

The project calls for adding new direct freeway-to-freeway connections for higher travel speeds for greater efficiency and safety that also forgoes stop-and-go surface street navigation. New direct freeway connections include southbound U.S. Highway 95 to the westbound 215 Beltway; the westbound 215 Beltway to northbound U.S. Highway 95; and the eastbound 215 Beltway to northbound U.S. Highway 95.

Additionally, the northbound U.S. Highway 95 to eastbound 215 Beltway ramp will be widened to two lanes; a half-mile section of the 215 Beltway will be expanded to a six-lane divided freeway; plus a new service interchange at the 215 Beltway and Sky Pointe Drive will be constructed with one way slip ramps to and from Oso Blanca Road. Also, the project will relocate and widen Sky Pointe Drive, connecting it from West Centennial Parkway to Azure Drive. These improvements will provide a higher degree of local connectivity that NDOT says does not currently exist.

The project, funded by a combination of state, federal, and county funds, will create nearly 1,700 direct, indirect, and induced local jobs, according to NDOT. The Centennial Bowl, upon completion in early 2024, will be one of the state’s largest interchanges with 20 total bridges over three decks.

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SOURCE: Nevada DOT

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