ROADS/BRIDGES: Nevada transportation board approves building Faraday highway project

The design-build process is expected to get the road project finished a year earlier than using traditional bidding methods

June 07, 2016
Nevada transportation board approves building Faraday highway project

The Nevada state Board of Transportation on Monday approved using a design-build process for a $60 million highway improvement project for the Faraday Future electric car factory now under construction in Apex in the southern region of the state.

Construction of the five-mile-long widening of U.S. Highway 93 at Interstate 15 for the Faraday plant now under construction is projected to begin in June 2017.

The design-build process will allow the Department of Transportation to concurrently pursue the environmental clearance while proceeding with the preparation of the design-build documents, shaving off a year for the completion of the project.

Parsons Brinckerhoff is performing the preliminary design, engineering and environmental work.

The project at the Garnet Interchange will include a flyover exit from U.S. 93 into the $1 billion, 3-million-square-foot plant being built by Faraday. The improvements to U.S. 93 will expand the road from two to four lanes and include a frontage road at Grand Valley Parkway inside the Apex Industrial Park.

The Legislature in December approved a package of incentives to bring the company to Southern Nevada. The Faraday tax breaks and other improvements, including the road project, totaled $320 million. The company broke ground on the factory in April.