Las Vegas-Phoenix interstate link moves closer to reality
WASHINGTON - Congress is taking the first step to link Las Vegas and Phoenix with a modern interstate highway that would grease travel and commerce in the desert Southwest.
A major road and transit bill expected to pass the House and Senate by the weekend would allow federal funding to upgrade U.S. Highway 93 to expressway standards over the 300 miles separating the cities.
The bill contains no money for the project but designates the corridor for development as Interstate 11, making it eligible for federal aid in the coming years.
Business interests in Nevada and Arizona have lobbied heavily for an interstate, pointing out that Las Vegas and Phoenix are the last remaining major metropolitan areas not linked by a modern connector.
Las Vegas Review-Journal