Twelve Miles of New Interstate Constructed through the Desert

This article describes a new interstate highway constructed in Nevada. Phase I of the project featured a 2.5-mile section constructed in PCC, but the article focuses on Phase II, a 12.5-mile stretch constructed with asphalt. Phase II was a design-build contract completed by Las Vegas Paving and administered by the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada. The author describes some of the complications encountered in the Phase II project, including extensive rock excavations, eleven bridges, a scenic view parking area overlooking Lake Mead, wildlife crossings including four overpasses and one large underpass, and connections to the Mike O’Callahan/Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge across the Colorado River. The author focuses on pavement mix design issues and practical construction concerns. One of the few new highways being constructed in the U.S., this section of interstate was officially opened in August 2018.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 25-29
  • Serial:
    • Asphalt
    • Volume: 34
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: Asphalt Institute
    • ISSN: 0004-4954

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01708003
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 17 2019 4:05PM