Reid Announces $1.2 Million Grant For I-80 Improvements

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Washington, D.C.- Nevada Senator Harry Reid announced a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for improvements to Interstate 80 in northern Nevada. The roadbed through the Carlin Tunnels will be reconstructed, and the project will include significant technological improvements by fixing lighting and traffic monitoring systems.

“Our nation’s infrastructure is in desperate need of repair, and this is a wonderful improvement for the safety of Nevada’s commuters on Interstate 80,” said Senator Reid. “I am pleased to hear that the project includes energy efficient LED lighting, and that certain bridges will be repaired for increased driving and seismic stability. The safety of Nevada’s roadways should always be a top priority.”

About the Highways for LIFE Grant

The Highways for LIFE (HfL) Pilot Program was established through Section(s) 1101(a)(20), 1502 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy For Users (SAFETEA-LU),as extended in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), Public Law 112-141 through September 30, 2012, to advance longer-lasting highways using innovative technologies and practices to accomplish the fast construction of efficient and safe highways and bridges. The goal of the program is to encourage the States to build projects that use proven innovations that are infrequently used to accelerate the deployment and implementation process of innovation and shall not be used as a supplemental funding source. The Nevada Department of Transportation will deliver their largest project to use the Construction Management at Risk (CMAR) delivery method and the first project to install Light Emitting Diode (LED) luminaires as a new tunnel lighting system for a highway speed of 75 mph.

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