Construction is expected to wrap up by July 4 on the current phase of the Centennial Bowl project in northwest Las Vegas, and state officials have started looking ahead to two additional jobs aimed at completing Nevada’s second-busiest freeway interchange as soon as 2022.
The Nevada Department of Transportation’s (NDOT) board of directors on Monday approved a $1.5 million boost to an existing engineering contract with HDR to complete design checks for three additional ramps connecting the 215 Beltway and U.S. 95.
NDOT is currently designing the next phase of the Centennial Bowl, with construction expected to start by spring 2018.
The $55 million project calls for construction of a flyover ramp carrying vehicles from northbound U.S. 95 to the westbound Beltway, a ramp connecting southbound U.S. 95 to the eastbound Beltway and a third ramp linking the westbound Beltway to northbound U.S. 95. Those three ramps are expected to be complete by 2020.
Shortly afterward, work is expected to start on the final phase, expected to take another two years to complete. That last chunk, estimated at $110 million, calls for an upgrade of the 215 Beltway to a divided, six-lane freeway through the Centennial Bowl interchange.
In the near term, NDOT officials are expected to complete the $47 million current phase of the Centennial Bowl on July 4 with the opening of a 60-ft-tall, 2,500-ft-long flyover bridge linking the westbound Beltway to southbound U.S. 95.